Eugenics and the Welfare State: Sterilization Policy in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland

Eugenics and the Welfare State: Sterilization Policy in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland

Eugenics and the Welfare State: Sterilization Policy in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland

Eugenics and the Welfare State: Sterilization Policy in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland

Synopsis

Provides a critical examination of the historical, political, scientific, and economic factors that led to the creation of sterilization and eugenics policies in Denmark, Sweden, Norway, and Finland, and places them in the context of other 20th century eugenics policies. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Excerpt

This book, Eugenics and the Welfare State, is the first real attempt to cover the story of the Scandinavian, including Finnish, history of eugenics. It has been told in rather similar ways to make comparisons possible. The book starts with a general introduction, which is followed by separate chapters on Denmark,Sweden,Norway and Finland. Finally, there is a conclusion bringing the Scandinavian experience into a broader European context. Considering that so much of our story has been unknown, we have allowed ourselves rather extensive descriptions and documentation. As Scandinavian welfare has often been given prominence in European and American discussions we feel that this story warrants attention. Clearly, it offers a different picture of Scandinavian history than is generally known.

We would like to thank those who have checked our English (Dag Blanck and others) as well as NOS-H for a generous grant and Wissenschaftskolleg zu Berlin for funding a seminar on eugenics and the welfare state.

Gunnar Broberg Nils Roll-Hansen . . .

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