Social Mendelism: Genetics and the politics of race in Germany, 1900-1948

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Abstract

"Who was the scientific progenitor of eugenic thought? Amir Teicher challenges the preoccupation with Darwin's eugenic legacy by uncovering the extent to which Gregor Mendel's theory of heredity became crucial in the formation (and radicalization) of eugenic ideas. Through an analysis of the entrenchment of genetic thinking in the social and political policies in Germany between 1900 and 1948, Teicher exposes how Mendelian heredity became saturated with cultural meaning, fed racial anxieties, reshaped the ideal of the purification of the German national body, and ultimately defined eugenic programs. Drawing on scientific manuscripts and memoirs, bureaucratic correspondence, court records, school notebooks, and Hitler's table talk as well as popular plays and films, Social Mendelism presents a new paradigm for understanding links between genetics and racism, and between biological and social thought"--Provided by the publisher.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages268
ISBN (Electronic)110849949X, 1108583199, 9781108499491, 9781108583190
ISBN (Print)110849949X, 9781108499491
StatePublished - 2020

Keywords

  • Mendel
  • Gregor
  • 1822-1884 -- Influence
  • מנדל
  • גרגור יוהן
  • 1822-1884 -- השפעה
  • مندل، غريغور، 1822-1884 -- تأثير
  • Eugenics -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
  • Mendel's law
  • Involuntary sterilization -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
  • Racism -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
  • גזענות -- גרמניה -- היסטוריה -- המאה ה-20
  • العنصريّة -- ألمانيا -- التاريخ -- القرن الـ 20
  • עיקור לא רצונית -- גרמניה -- היסטוריה -- המאה ה-20
  • חוק מנדל
  • שיפור הגזע -- גרמניה -- היסטוריה -- המאה ה-20
  • Germany -- Race relations
  • Germany -- Politics and government -- 1871-1933
  • Germany -- Politics and government -- 1933-1945
  • גרמניה -- פוליטיקה וממשל -- 1933-1945
  • ألمانيا -- السياسة والحكم -- 1933-1945
  • גרמניה -- פוליטיקה וממשל -- 1871-1933
  • ألمانيا -- السياسة والحكم -- 1871-1933
  • גרמניה -- יחסים בין גזעיים
  • ألمانيا -- العلاقات بين الأعراق

ULI Keywords

  • uli
  • Mendel, Gregor -- 1822-1884 -- Influence
  • Eugenics -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
  • Involuntary sterilization -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
  • Mendel's law
  • Racism -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
  • Germany -- Politics and government -- 20th century
  • Germany -- Race relations
  • גזענות -- גרמניה -- היסטוריה -- המאה ה-20
  • العنصريّة -- ألمانيا -- التاريخ -- القرن ٢٠
  • גרמניה -- פוליטיקה וממשל -- המאה ה-20
  • ألمانيا -- السياسة والحكم -- القرن ٢٠

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