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The Religion of Life: Eugenics, Race, and Catholicism in Chile

English · Hardback

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"The Religion of Life examines the interconnections and relationship between Catholicism and eugenics in early twentieth-century Chile. Specifically, it demonstrates that the popularity of eugenic science was not diminished by the influence of Catholicism there. In fact, both eugenics and Catholicism worked together to construct the concept of a unique Chilean race, la raza chilena. A major factor that facilitated this conceptual overlap was a generalized belief among historical actors that male and female gender roles were biologically determined and therefore essential to a functioning society. As the first English-language study of eugenics in Chile, The Religion of Life surveys a wide variety of different materials (periodicals, newspapers, medical theses, and monographs) produced by Catholic and secular intellectuals from the first half of the twentieth century. What emerges from this examination is not only a more complex rendering of the relationship between religion and science but also the development of White supremacist logics in a Latin American context." -- Amazon

About the author

Sarah Walsh is the Hansen Lecturer in Global History at the University of Melbourne. She specializes in the history of the human sciences in Latin America with an emphasis on race and ethnicity.

Product details

Authors Sarah Walsh
Publisher Univ Of Pittsburgh Pr
Languages English
Product format Hardback
Released 31.01.2022
EAN 9780822946649
ISBN 978-0-8229-4664-9
No. of pages 238
Dimensions 155 mm x 231 mm x 25 mm
Weight 522 g
Series Pitt Latin American
Subjects Humanities, art, music > Religion/theology > Christianity
Non-fiction book > History > Miscellaneous

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