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Race and EmpireEugenics in Colonial Kenya$
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Chloe Campbell

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719071607

Published to University Press Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719071607.001.0001

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Metropolitan responses

Metropolitan responses

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(p.77) Chapter 4 Metropolitan responses
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Race and Empire
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Chloe Campbell

Publisher:
Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719071607.003.0004

This chapter discusses the reception of Kenyan racial theories in Britain, uncovering the political complexity of ‘native mentality’ and examines how it came about that the leaders of the British Eugenics Society, who were at that time attempting to reform the organisation along more moderate lines, wrote letters and so actively supported Kenyan research. The relationship between Kenyan racial theories and British eugenics is analysed and contextualised. The study reveals the aftermath of the publicity given to Kenyan racial theories. There was fierce debate on the issue of race and intelligence in relation to the Kenyan research. Kenyan eugenicists sparked a fascinating metropolitan debate on race and science. The chapter also analyses the reaction within the colonial office and the British government to the Kenyan eugenics movement.

Keywords:   Kenyan racial theories, native mentality, metropolitan debate, race, eugenics movement

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