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A Human Garden

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A Human Garden

Paul-André Rosental
Translated from the French by Carolyn Avery

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208 pages, 15 illus., bibliog., index

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Reviews

“Paul-André Rosental has recovered each of the threads that led to this remarkable experiment … we discover piece by piece, within the history of Ungemach Gardens, the scientific and moral wellsprings of eugenics.” • Le Monde

“Historian Paul-André Rosental has delivered a genuine historical scoop. In beautiful prose, A Human Garden correlates the factual record with intellectual history and shows how eugenics suffused the development of policies for managing and protecting populations.” • L’Obs

Description

Well into the 1980s, Strasbourg, France, was the site of a curious and little-noted experiment: Ungemach, a garden city dating back to the high days of eugenic experimentation that offered luxury living to couples who were deemed biologically fit and committed to contractual childbearing targets. Supported by public authorities, Ungemach aimed to accelerate human evolution by increasing procreation among eugenically selected parents. In this fascinating history, Paul-André Rosental gives an account of Ungemach’s origins and its perplexing longevity. He casts a troubling light on the influence of eugenics in postwar policymaking, including some cases from decades after eugenics had been discredited as a pseudoscience.

Paul-André Rosental is a professor at Sciences Po. His research focuses on the field dubbed “biopolitics” by Michel Foucault, where the studies of society, demographics, and health intersect.

Subject: 20th Century History Sociology
Area: France



Contents

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Introduction

PART I : THE INTELLECTUAL AND POLITICAL HISTORY OF A HUMAN GARDEN (1880S–1980S)

Chapter 1. The Acceptance of a Eugenic Experimentation
Chapter 2. The Stone Poem of the Alsatian Ibsen
Chapter 3. Guinea Pigs or Citizens? From the Reign of the “Diktator” to the Public Policy (1923–1984)

PART II: EUGENICS, BIOPOLITICS, AND WELFARE IN A TRANSATLANTIC PERSPECTIVE (1914–1968)

Chapter 4. From Micro- to Macro-History: Ungemach Gardens and the Survival of Eugenics in France after 1945
Chapter 5. Stamping out Racism and Reforming Eugenics: a Transatlantic History of Qualitative Demography
Chapter 6. Qualitative Demography, Reform Eugenics, and Social Policies in 1950s France

PART III: EUGENICS AND DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY: A NEGLECTED LEGACY

Chapter 7. Eugenics as a Moral Theory (1): The Theory of Human Capital
Chapter 8. Eugenics as a Moral Theory (2): At the Sources of “Personal Development”

Conclusion

Epilogue
Archival Sources
Bibliography
Appendix: Works by Abel Ruffenach, pseudonym of Alfred Dachert

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