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Race and EmpireEugenics in Colonial Kenya$
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Chloe Campbell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719071607

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719071607.001.0001

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Conclusion: the decline of the eugenics empire

Conclusion: the decline of the eugenics empire

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(p.178) Chapter 7 Conclusion: the decline of the eugenics empire
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Race and Empire
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Chloe Campbell

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719071607.003.0007

Eugenics was swiftly displaced as the key to racial difference in post-war Kenyan medical discourse. The reasons for the failure of Kenyan eugenics lay beyond the local medical and biological forum that had created it and reveals how haphazard the decline of scientific racism was. A similar process was taking place in Britain, but in reverse, where the role of race and scientific racism in eugenics was downplayed. This chapter discusses these more recent processes in the intellectual history of eugenics and scientific racism to give an account of eugenics and colonial scientific racism in their time and place. It also demonstrates how influences from Britain and the colony interact to create a distinctive and extreme eugenic agenda in the imperial environment. Kenya held a mirror up to British eugenics, revealing how the problem of racial difference was implicitly at the heart of its hereditarian worldview.

Keywords:   Kenyan eugenics, scientific racism, race, British eugenics, imperial environment

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