Eugenics: a polemical view of social policy in the genetic age

Winter 2006

Armer examines the label of ‘disability’ and its application to a group of people who exist on society’s fringes, without access to its benefits and responsibilities. In the past, this position was claimed to be the consequence of an innate inability to meet the requirements of modern society, but today, it seems they are considered to be genetically unfit for full citizenship. Armer claims that these people formulate a genetic underclass, beneath and apart from contemporary British society: eugenetics in action.

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