Biology, Social Science, and Population in Late Nineteenth- and Early Twentieth-Century Britain

  • Chris Renwick


“Population” has been an important concept in both biology and social science for the past 150 years. However, few scholars have understood the developments in each field as connected. In this chapter, I explain how the emergence of population thinking in biology and social science in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Britain were related, with research at the intersection of the two fields helping to construct shared ideas and practices. As the chapter shows, eugenics looms large in that history.


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  • Chris Renwick
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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