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From preventive eugenics to slippery eugenics: Population control and contemporary sterilisations targeted to indigenous peoples in Mexico.

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Abstract

Eugenic ideas in Mexico were popularised after the Mexican Revolution (1910-1920) as a way of 'modernising' and 'civilising' the nation. As a result, eugenic ideas were able to linger and be maintained through different departments, institutions, and individuals from all disciplines. After eugenics was considered a pseudoscience, its practices and ideas continued through population control measures that targeted indigenous populations for sterilisation, a trend that still prevails. The purpose of this article is to explore the legacies of eugenics in current sterilizations procedures mostly targeted at indigenous communities in Mexico. I offer the term 'slippery eugenics' to account for the legacies of eugenics in Mexico which, in this specific case, resurface in the systematic forced and coerced sterilisation procedures targeted at indigenous communities.

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Funder: Gonville and Caius College, University of Cambridge; Id: http://dx.doi.org/10.13039/501100000622

Keywords

Mexico, eugenics, indigenous, racism, reproductive justice, sterilisation, Humans, Eugenics, Mexico, Population Control, Indigenous Peoples

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Sociol Health Illn

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0141-9889
1467-9566

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Publisher

Wiley
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Economic and Social Research Council (JMAG/199)