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The New EugenicsSelective Breeding in an Era of Reproductive Technologies$
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Judith Daar

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780300137156

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300137156.001.0001

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Our Eugenics Past

Our Eugenics Past

(p.28) Two Our Eugenics Past
The New Eugenics

Judith Daar

Yale University Press

This chapter examines the past eugenics movement in order to evaluate the motivations, patterns, strategies, and language that drew in so many. Searching the parameters of a movement that targeted natural reproduction for lessons about modern methods of assisted conception is both highly logical and utterly counterintuitive. One might insist that eugenics cares about individual reproduction only as it impacts the population, whereas ART cares about the population only as it assists in individual reproduction. However, both eugenics and ART are logically tied by their mutual focus on controlling reproduction. In reviewing and summarizing the detailed accounts of the lives, the lures, and the losses that define the eugenics movement, the chapter focuses on the themes that emerge from the analysis—science, language, tradition, and economics.

Keywords:   eugenics movement, natural reproduction, assisted conception, modern reproductive methods, science, tradition, economics

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