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Better Britons: Reproduction, National Identity, and the Afterlife of Empire


Darian-Smith, K, Better Britons: Reproduction, National Identity, and the Afterlife of Empire, Australian Historical Studies, 46, (2) pp. 323-324. ISSN 1031-461X (2015) [Review Single Work]

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DOI: doi:10.1080/1031461X.2015.1040589


Within British white settler societies, the reproductive capacity of both colonists and Indigenous peoples was an important feature of nationbuilding, and one explicitly tied to issues of race, ethnicity and class. The popularity of eugenics, a term coined by Francis Galton in 1883, highlighted concerns about the genetic improvement of racial and national stock through a ‘scientific’ approach to breeding. A parallel interest in child and material welfare emphasises the centrality of reproductive health to the modern nation.

Item Details

Item Type:Review Single Work
Keywords:history, Britain
Research Division:Language, Communication and Culture
Research Group:Cultural studies
Research Field:Cultural studies not elsewhere classified
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Darian-Smith, K (Professor Kate Darian-Smith)
ID Code:126593
Year Published:2015
Deposited By:College Office - CALE
Deposited On:2018-06-18
Last Modified:2018-06-18

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