Richard Titmuss, Eugenics, and Social Science in Mid-twentieth-Century Britain

@article{Renwick2019RichardTE,
  title={Richard Titmuss, Eugenics, and Social Science in Mid-twentieth-Century Britain},
  author={Chris Renwick},
  journal={The History of Sociology in Britain},
  year={2019}
}
  • C. Renwick
  • Published 2019
  • History
  • The History of Sociology in Britain
Richard Titmuss (1907–1973) was far from the only social scientist working in mid-twentieth-century Britain to have an interest in eugenics. Yet, as I show in this chapter, he is a particularly instructive case study for helping us understand the impact that biosocial science had on many social scientists’ identity and sense of purpose during that period. Focusing on his early career, from the mid-1930s to the mid-1950s, this chapter traces Titmuss’ underappreciated personal and intellectual… 

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