Uberettiget eksistens - Biopolitik og eugenik i Danmark

Katja Ottosson, Sara Sinkjær, Line Tingrupp Tresselt, Alexander Hjalte Kjær & Ida Dalsgaard Nicolaisen

Studenteropgave: Semesterprojekt


This paper is concerned with questions of eugenics and biopolitics in Denmark, arousing from both historical and present practices of sterilization and prenatal diagnoses. The project is centered about outlining these two cases as empiricism accompanied with the term biopolitics defined by Foucault as the main theory. In general, the assignment seeks to find on which basis the eugenic ideas were incorporated into modern society. And also, do these same ideas flow within the debate of prenatal diagnoses today? By comparing opposing attitudes towards these matters, and hereby their source of interest, we have, from selected material, highlighted these delicate yet so very necessary matters. By outlining relevant theories of general tendencies in modern society we seek to thicken and extend our current perception of both past and present performing of eugenics. Eugenics seem to be the result of the dialectical relation between a number of societal conditions that call for action. Stating any ubiquitous conclusions, other than reckoning a lack thereof, will betray the fact that these issues will be defined by the immediate discourse of any given society and the current state of science. Due to this, discussing the balance between these incompatible variables, between science and ethics, will above all never have its importance questioned.

UddannelserBasis - Humanistisk Bacheloruddannelse, (Bachelor uddannelse) Basis
Udgivelsesdato21 jan. 2015
VejledereMia Münster-Swendsen


  • sterilization
  • prenatal diagnostics
  • Biopolitics
  • eugenics
  • Steincke
  • Foucault