Cacogenic Cartographies: Space and Place in the Eugenic Family Study

  title={Cacogenic Cartographies: Space and Place in the Eugenic Family Study},
  author={Ry Marcattilio-McCracken},
  journal={Journal of the History of Biology},
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… 


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