Evolution, Eugenics and Christian Mission; charitable healthcare in transition: London and New York, 1865 - 1940. (360G-Wellcome-083319_Z_07_Z)

£89,976

I propose to research three Christian mission agencies active in urban settings in order to analyse the impact of eugenics upon their practical medical work. To enable a national comparative study I have selected the London City Mission, the New York City Mission and the Salvation Army, active in both cities. To place these groups in their appropriate context I will also study the eugenics societies in Britain and the United States, specifically looking for the presence of religious ideas and imagery within their work. Key goals include: " Providing new understanding of the social and religious context in which eugenics developed. " Understanding of popular perceptions regarding the impact of industrial, urban environments upon the health of society and the manner in which such fears were addressed. " Uncovering new sources to study ethical debates contemporary with the development of genetics and biomedical science. " Construction of a comparative framework through which to study the emergence of eugenics in Britain and America, considering the close connections between reformers in these two nations yet also the local settings peculiar to each. " Development of a strong basis from which to assess current ethical debates regarding biomedical science and genetics.

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Grant Details

Amount Awarded 89976
Applicant Surname Baker
Approval Committee Medical History and Humanities Funding Committee
Award Date 2007-06-14T00:00:00+00:00
Financial Year 2006/07
Grant Programme: Title PhD Studentship in H&SS
Internal ID 083319/Z/07/Z
Lead Applicant Mr Graham Baker
Partnership Value 89976
Planned Dates: End Date 2011-06-30T00:00:00+00:00
Planned Dates: Start Date 2007-10-01T00:00:00+00:00
Recipient Org: Country United Kingdom
Region South East
Sponsor(s) Dr Sloan Mahone