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Anarchism and Eugenics: An Unlikely Convergence, 1890-1940

Richard Cleminson


This book focuses on the apparently surprising convergence between anarchism and eugenics. By tracing the reception of eugenic ideas within five different anarchist movements –Argentina, England, France, Portugal and Spain – the book argues that, in fact, there is ample evidence for anarchist interest in, and implementation of, some form of eugenics. The author argues that this intersection between anarchism and eugenics can be understood as an emanation from anarchism’s nineteenth-century legacy, which harnessed science as a means to change the social world and an ideological commitment to vo ... More

Keywords: Anarchism, Eugenics, Neo-Malthusianism, Science

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781526124463
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2020 DOI:10.7765/9781526124463


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Cleminson, author
University of Leeds