Feminism, Darwinism, and Social Darwinism in Late Nineteenth-Century Europe

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The chapter considers the profound impact of theories of inheritance and evolution on European feminist thought in the last decades of the nineteenth century. While there has been recent interest in early-twentieth century feminists's relationship with eugenics, this chapter argues that feminist engagement with scientific ideas on gender pre-dated the emergence of eugenics. By investigating the intersection of late nineteenth century feminism and science in three European countries, the chapter explores how feminist appropriation and reworking of scientific ideas on gender was an ambivalent project.
Original languageSpanish
Title of host publicationResistir o derribar los muros:
Subtitle of host publicationmujeres, discurso y poder en el siglo XIX
EditorsIsabel Morales Sánchez, Marieta Cantos Casenave , Gloria Espigado Tocino
Place of PublicationAlicante
PublisherBiblioteca Virtual Miguel de Cervantes
ISBN (Electronic)978-84-697-1805-6
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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