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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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British eugenics, empire and race

British eugenics, empire and race

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Race and Empire

Chloe Campbell

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses the history of British eugenics, its internal debates and evolving position, and examines the aspects of British eugenic and racial thought that influenced Kenyan eugenicists in the formation of their agenda for ‘scientific colonization’. The wider imperial implications of British eugenic thought is then considered with a further examination of the intellectual connections and fissures between colonial and metropolitan eugenic thought. The relationship between British eugenics, race and colonial imperialism is examined as an introduction to an explanation of how eugenics developed in Kenya and the reasons that the Kenyan eugenics research programme attracted the British Eugenics Society. The formation of a eugenics movement in the colony is seen as heralding a new era of science and social responsibility that represents an intellectual coming-of-age in settler society.

Keywords:   British eugenics, scientific colonization, colonial imperialism, race, Kenyan eugenics

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