Cacogenic Cartographies: Space and Place in the Eugenic Family Study

@article{MarcattilioMcCracken2017CacogenicCS,
  title={Cacogenic Cartographies: Space and Place in the Eugenic Family Study},
  author={Ry Marcattilio-McCracken},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
  year={2017},
  volume={50},
  pages={497-524}
}
Though only one component product of the larger eugenics movement, the eugenic family study proved to be, by far, its most potent ideological tool. The Kallikak Family, for instance, went through eight editions between 1913 and 1931. This essay argues that the current scholarship has missed important ways that the architects of the eugenic family studies theorized and described the subjects of their investigation. Using one sparsely interrogated work (sociologist Frank Wilson Blackmar’s “The… 

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 51 REFERENCES
“Culling the Herd”: Eugenics and the Conservation Movement in the United States, 1900–1940
  • G. Allen
  • History
    Journal of the history of biology
  • 2013
TLDR
The interaction of eugenic and conservationist ideologies in the careers of Sacramento banker and developer Charles M. Goethe and his friend and mentor, wealthy New York lawyer Madison Grant is explored to suggest how metaphors of nature supported active work in both arenas.
Controlling Human Heredity: 1865 to the Present
In the late nineteenth and the early twentieth century, it was widely assumed that society ought to foster the breeding of those who possessed favourable traits and discourage the breeding of those
Defending the Master Race: Conservation, Eugenics, and the Legacy of Madison Grant
Scholars have labeled Madison Grant everything from the "nation's most influential racist" to the "greatest conservationist that ever lived." His life illuminates early twentieth-century America as
Experiences and Voices of Eugenics Field-Workers: `Women's Work' in Biology
  • A. Bix
  • History
    Social studies of science
  • 1997
Experiences and ideas of eugenic `field-workers' offer a new historical perspective on American eugenics, while highlighting terms of women's early twentieth-century scientific education and research
The Malthusian Moment: Global Population Growth and the Birth of American Environmentalism
Although Rachel Carson's Silent Spring (1962) is often cited as the founding text of the U.S. environmental movement, in The Malthusian Moment Thomas Robertson locates the origins of modern American
Fatal misconception: The struggle to control world population
Demographers are an insular group. Although often located in departments of sociology or economics, at least in North America, their focus is often tightly trained on very specific issues within
Three Generations, No Imbeciles: Eugenics, the Supreme Court, and Buck v. Bell
"Three generations of imbeciles are enough." Few lines from Supreme Court opinions are as memorable as this declaration by Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. in the landmark 1927 case Buck v. Bell.
Total War and the Total Environment: Fairfield Osborn, William Vogt, and the Birth of Global Ecology
This article uses Fairfield Osborn's Our Plundered Planet and William Vogt's Road to Survival to examine the environmental history of two crucial developments in twentieth-century US history: the
Drawing New Maps: A Radical Cartography of Developmental Disabilities
Developmental disability is explored using a post-disciplinary approach through social construction and cultural cartography metaphors. It is drawn on social maps as a cultural territory created by
The Science of Human Perfection: How Genes Became the Heart of American Medicine
TLDR
The science historian Nathaniel Comfort introduces the community of scientists, physicians and public health workers who have contributed to the development of medical genetics from the nineteenth century to today and argues that medical genetics is closely related to eugenics, and indeed the two cannot be fully understood separately.
...
...