Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control

Reproductive Rights and Wrongs The Global Politics of Population Control With a new prologue by the author this feminist classic is an important gateway into the controversial topic of population for students activists researchers and policymakers It challenges the myth

  • Title: Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control
  • Author: Betsy Hartmann
  • ISBN: 9781608467334
  • Page: 267
  • Format: Paperback
  • With a new prologue by the author, this feminist classic is an important gateway into the controversial topic of population for students, activists, researchers and policymakers It challenges the myth of overpopulation, uncovering the deeper roots of poverty, environmental degradation and gender inequalities With vivid case studies, it explores how population control proWith a new prologue by the author, this feminist classic is an important gateway into the controversial topic of population for students, activists, researchers and policymakers It challenges the myth of overpopulation, uncovering the deeper roots of poverty, environmental degradation and gender inequalities With vivid case studies, it explores how population control programs came to be promoted by powerful governments, foundations and international agencies as an instrument of Cold War development and security policy Mainly targeting poor women, these programs were designed to drive down birth rates as rapidly and cheaply as possible, with coercion often a matter of course In the war on population growth, birth control was deployed as a weapon, rather than as a tool of reproductive choice.Threaded throughout Reproductive Rights and Wrongs is the story of how international women s health activists fought to reform population control and promote a new agenda of sexual and reproductive health and rights for all people While their efforts bore fruit, many obstacles remain On one side is the anti choice movement that wants to deny women access not only to abortion, but to most methods of contraception On the other is a resurgent, well funded population control lobby that often obscures its motives with the language of women s empowerment Despite declining birth rates worldwide average global family size is now 2.5 children overpopulation alarm is on the rise, tied now to the threats of climate change and terrorism Reproductive Rights and Wrongs helps readers understand how these contemporary developments are rooted in the longer history and politics of population control In the pages of this book a new generation of readers will find knowledge, argumentation and inspiration that will help in ongoing struggles to achieve reproductive rights and social, environmental and gender justice.

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    1. one of my colleague-friends (the combination is rare) once said to me concerning a book `use it as a text? i might even read it!' i do use this one as a text and have read it but am re-reading it. pretty good book on the politics of birth control, today often mechanically and cruelly linked to economic trends - gnp - in poor countries. very decent and interesting analysis of these movements.

    2. Absolutely essential reading for any/all feminists and feminist scholars. Perhaps the definitive text on the ideology and consequences of "population control." Thoroughly debunks the myth that their are too many humans; the real issue, as Hartmann demonstrates through careful argumentation and extensive research, is global inequality. There is enough for all, human and non-human, if it were distributed equally and justly. Excellent counterpoint to recent debates in feminist and queer theory over [...]

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