Blood talks: Eugenic modernity and the creation of new Japanese

  title={Blood talks: Eugenic modernity and the creation of new Japanese},
  author={J. Robertson},
  journal={History and Anthropology},
  pages={191 - 216}
  • J. Robertson
  • Published 2002
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • History and Anthropology
In fin-de-siècle Japan, the ideal of "eugenic modernity," or the application of scientific concepts and methods as a means to constitute both the nation and its constituent subjects (New Japanese), crystallized in the space of imperialism. Three of the main themes explored are the application of eugenic principles to make connections between biology, kinship, and the plasticity of the human body; to contemporize historical stigmas; and to promote "pure-bloodedness" and "ethnic-national endogamy… Expand

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