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Anarchism and EugenicsAn Unlikely Convergence, 1890-1940$
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Richard Cleminson

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781526124463

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020

DOI: 10.7765/9781526124463

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Conclusion: Anarchism, governmentality, eugenics

Conclusion: Anarchism, governmentality, eugenics

(p.168) Conclusion: Anarchism, governmentality, eugenics
Anarchism and Eugenics

Richard Cleminson

Manchester University Press

The Conclusion argues that eugenics found a home within anarchism, not as a paradoxical occurrence but as a result of its ambivalent nineteenth-century legacy on nature, the environment and the constraints provided by biology. It argues that anarchism, however successfully, sought to ‘resignify’ eugenics as an exercise in non-statist socio-biological change and in accordance with the constraints of prevailing ‘governmentality’ – the social, political and scientific mechanisms of the modern social order. The chapter highlights the importance of the research for a renewed historiography of both anarchism and eugenics, as well as identifying the new directions that anarchist epistemology and thought on the ‘new eugenics’ may take.

Keywords:   Anarchism, eugenics, governmentality, the state

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