Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

From Defective to Damaged: Race, Poverty, and the Politics of Childhood in the USA, c. 1950-1970

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Who this event is for

  • Everyone


JHB 201, John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Campus, Gipsy Lane site


The Working Group in the History of Race and Eugenics (HRE),
Centre for Medical Humanities, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Invites you to a lecture by
Professor Molly Ladd-Taylor (York University, Canada)

"The lecture explores explores the underside of the postwar US “child-centred society,” focusing specifically on the tensions between eugenic and biomedical explanations for children’s problems and an emphasis on psychology, cultural deprivation, and faulty parenting. Ultimately, I am interested in the ways that contested ideas about children’s potential were at the center of postwar US political realignments and an increasingly punitive state."

About the speaker:

Professor Ladd-Taylor is an internationally renowned scholar of women’s health, maternal and child welfare policy, and eugenics in the United States. She is the author of Fixing the Poor: Eugenic Sterilization and Child Welfare in the Twentieth Century (2017) and editor of ‘Bad’ Mothers: The Politics of Blame in 20th Century America (1998, co-ed. with Lauri Umansky).