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From political economy to sociology: Francis Galton and the social-scientific origins of eugenics

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  • Additional Information
    • Publication Information:
      Cambridge University Press, 2011.
    • Publication Date:
      2011
    • Abstract:
      Having coined the word 'eugenics' and inspired leading biologists and statisticians of the early twentieth century, Francis Galton is often studied for his contributions to modern statistical biology. However, whilst documenting this part of his work, historians have frequently neglected crucial aspects of what motivated Galton to establish his eugenics research programme. Arguing that his work was shaped more by social than by biological science, this paper addresses these oversights by tracing the development of Gallon's programme, from its roots in a debate about political economy to his appeals for it to be taken up by sociologists. In so doing, the paper not only returns Galton's ideas to their original context but also provides a reason to reflect on the place of the social sciences in history-of-science scholarship.
    • ISSN:
      00070874
      1474001X
    • Accession Number:
      10.1017/S0007087410001524
    • Rights:
      © British Society for the History of Science
    • Accession Number:
      edsjsr.41241682
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      CHRIS RENWICK. From political economy to sociology: Francis Galton and the social-scientific origins of eugenics. The British Journal for the History of Science, [s. l.], v. 44, n. 3, p. 343, 2011. DOI 10.1017/S0007087410001524. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.41241682&custid=s8280428. Acesso em: 30 maio. 2020.
    • AMA:
      CHRIS RENWICK. From political economy to sociology: Francis Galton and the social-scientific origins of eugenics. The British Journal for the History of Science. 2011;44(3):343. doi:10.1017/S0007087410001524.
    • APA:
      CHRIS RENWICK. (2011). From political economy to sociology: Francis Galton and the social-scientific origins of eugenics. The British Journal for the History of Science, 44(3), 343. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0007087410001524
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      CHRIS RENWICK. 2011. “From Political Economy to Sociology: Francis Galton and the Social-Scientific Origins of Eugenics.” The British Journal for the History of Science 44 (3): 343. doi:10.1017/S0007087410001524.
    • Harvard:
      CHRIS RENWICK (2011) ‘From political economy to sociology: Francis Galton and the social-scientific origins of eugenics’, The British Journal for the History of Science, 44(3), p. 343. doi: 10.1017/S0007087410001524.
    • Harvard: Australian:
      CHRIS RENWICK 2011, ‘From political economy to sociology: Francis Galton and the social-scientific origins of eugenics’, The British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 44, no. 3, p. 343, viewed 30 May 2020, .
    • MLA:
      CHRIS RENWICK. “From Political Economy to Sociology: Francis Galton and the Social-Scientific Origins of Eugenics.” The British Journal for the History of Science, vol. 44, no. 3, 2011, p. 343. EBSCOhost, doi:10.1017/S0007087410001524.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      CHRIS RENWICK. “From Political Economy to Sociology: Francis Galton and the Social-Scientific Origins of Eugenics.” The British Journal for the History of Science 44, no. 3 (2011): 343. doi:10.1017/S0007087410001524.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      CHRIS RENWICK. From political economy to sociology: Francis Galton and the social-scientific origins of eugenics. The British Journal for the History of Science [Internet]. 2011 [cited 2020 May 30];44(3):343. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsjsr&AN=edsjsr.41241682&custid=s8280428