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Adj.1.cacogenic - pertaining to or causing degeneration in the offspring produced
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Surely we have come a long way from the latter part of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries when "eugenics" (the movement devoted to improving the human species through the control of hereditary factors relating to the bearing of healthy children) was fueled by pseudoscientific claims that the human race consisted of 'two classes' the eugenic and the cacogenic (or poorly born).
That is, under the eugenic gaze, the cacogenic family blocks biological and intellectual "progress" while simultaneously threatening to taint the purity of racial and economic categories.
The impoverished community of Sawley, Florida, closely resembles descriptions of white trash populations found in eugenic reports, right down to the "the haunts of the cacogenic [which] become outer manifestations of their inner decay" (Rafter, "Introduction" 27).