Havelock Ellis, Eugenicist

Ivan Crozier

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Abstract / Description of output

This article examines the contributions made towards eugenic thought in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries by Havelock Ellis (1859-1939). Ellis was a significant social reformer who worked on the problems of sexuality from a scientific-naturalist secular perspective. In the later phases of his work, after he had completed much of his writing on sexuality, Ellis concentrated on issues of feminism and eugenics-problems he thought were interlinked. In this paper, I integrate his ideas about these subjects, and consider the ways in which Ellis and other liberal social reformers created a 'eugenic subject' in order to frame their arguments about social problems.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-194
Number of pages8
JournalStudies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2008

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Havelock Ellis
  • Eugenics
  • Sexology
  • Feminism
  • Social reform


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