Reproductive States: Global Perspectives on the Invention and Implementation of Population Policy by Rickie SolingerReproductive States: Global Perspectives on the Invention and Implementation of Population Policy by Rickie Solinger

Reproductive States: Global Perspectives on the Invention and Implementation of Population Policy

EditorRickie Solinger, Mie Nakachi

Paperback | January 18, 2016

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When it comes to government's role in personal matters such as family planning, most bristle at any interference from the State on how to exercise their reproductive rights. China's infamous "one child" policy is a well-known example of reproductive politics, but history is filled with otherexamples of governmental population control to advance its interests. Reproductive States is the first volume of a collection of case studies that explores when and how some of the most populous countries in the world invented and implemented state population policies in the 20th century.The authors, scholars specializing in reproductive politics, survey population policies from key countries on five continents to provide a global perspective. Regardless of the type of government or its cultural history, many of these countries have developed similar policies to control theirpopulations and attempt to combat social problems such as poverty and hunger. However, the common denominator is that states have used women's bodies as a political resource.Far from being just an overseas problem, this volume illustrates how other countries have developed their strategies in response to goals and tactics driven by the United Nations and the United States. Due to fears of a post-World War II "population bomb" and uncertainty of how to deal with theworld's poor after the Cold War, the U.S. and the Soviet Union led the charge among nations to devise strategies to control their populations, but in different ways. The U.S. and some European countries pressed the poor and ethnic minorities to limit reproduction. China's "one child" policy targetedall ranks of society, while Soviet women (who already had few rights) were under surveillance through state-planned services such as medical care and commodity distribution to detect pregnancy.Interweaving biopolitics, gender studies, statecraft, and world systems, Reproductive States offer reflections on the outcome of such policies and their legacies in our day.
Rickie Solinger is a historian and curator. She is author of Reproductive Politics: What Everyone Needs to Know. Mie Nakachi is Associate Professor of Gender Studies and Russian History at the Center for Applied Ethics, Hokkaido University.
Title:Reproductive States: Global Perspectives on the Invention and Implementation of Population PolicyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.29 × 6.18 × 1.18 inPublished:January 18, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

1. Rickie Solinger and Mie Nakachi: Introduction: Reproductive States2. Annette F. Timm: Bio-politics, Demographobia, and Individual Freedom: Lessons from Germany's Century of Extremes3. Rickie Solinger: Bleeding Across Time: First Principles of U.S. Population Policy4. Miho Ogino: From Abortion to ART: A History of Conflict between the State and the Women's Reproductive Rights Movement in Post World War II5. Sanjam Ahluwalia and Daksha Parmar: From Gandhi to Gandhi: Contraceptive Technologies and Sexual Politics in Post-Colonial India, 1947-19776. Omnia El Shakry: Reproducing the Family: Biopolitics in Twentieth Century Egypt7. Firoozeh Kashani-Sabet: Iran's Population Policies: A Historical Debate8. Sonia Correa, Margareth Arilha, and Ma!sa Faleiros da Cunha: Reproductive Statecraft: The Case of Brazil9. Elisha P. Renne: Interpreting Population Policy in Nigeria10. Mie Nakachi: Liberation without Contraception?: The Rise of the Abortion Empire and Pronatalism in Socialist/Post Socialist Russia11. Tyrene White: China's Population Policy in Historical Context