Eugenic and sexual folklores and the castration of sex offenders in the Netherlands (1938-1968).

@article{Meer2008EugenicAS,
  title={Eugenic and sexual folklores and the castration of sex offenders in the Netherlands (1938-1968).},
  author={Theo van der Meer},
  journal={Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences},
  year={2008},
  volume={39 2},
  pages={
          195-204
        }
}
  • Theo van der Meer
  • Published 2008
  • Medicine
  • Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences
  • This contribution questions the positive/negative eugenics dichotomy that typifies the historiography on the eugenic movement in the Netherlands and the claim that this movement was mostly marginal because only positive eugenics was pursued. From 1938 to 1968 in the Netherlands, after a decade of debates, 400 sex offenders who had been committed to asylums for the criminally insane were 'voluntarily' and 'therapeutically' castrated. For political reasons debates on castration, meant to create… CONTINUE READING
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