Human Difference and Global Eugenics
This chapter discusses the different issues of world population genetics, or a “human-directed selection” versus the antiquated notions of natural selection. Eugenics, as the human-directed option, became the more acceptable and often humane choice in weeding out undesirable genes in favor of “superior” ones. And of course, concerns of human difference were bound to acquire a political cast. Implementing eugenics came in a few hotly debated forms: birth control, immigration restrictions, and assimilation through intermarriage—all of which led to greater issues of racial difference and reproduction as a means of excising or replicating favorable or unfavorable genes. To that end, the question of human difference came to acquire both a geopolitical and biopolitical bent.
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