Population Politics and Development: From the Policies to the Clinics


This book uses political and socio-anthropological theory to examine the relationship between power, interest, and agency within population and family planning discourse across Africa, with particular emphasis on case studies from Tanzania.

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This book uses political and socio-anthropological theory to examine the relationship between power, interest, and agency within population and family planning discourse across Africa, with particular emphasis on case studies from Tanzania.

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"Lisa Ann Richey has written a highly engaging and thoroughly researched account of population politics in Tanzania. Based on extensive fieldwork in three regions of the country, Richey provides an insightful feminist critique of global population discourse and local family planning practice. Population Politics and Development should be read by anyone interested in the history of global population policy and in the ways it shapes African women's lives."—Frances Vavrus, Associate Professor of International and Transcultural Studies, Teachers College, Columbia University

"Lisa Ann Richey carefully and eloquently elucidates the complex web of relationships between international population policies, the Tanzanian state, and the main target of population programs—poor women seeking reproductive health and family services at the local level. Theoretically sophisticated but grounded in solid clinic-level field work, this pathbreaking book should trigger challenges and changes to current neo-liberal models of development, women's health, and HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention in Africa."—Betsy Hartmann, Director, Population and Development Program, Hampshire College, and author of Reproductive Rights and Wrongs

"This book demonstrates the crucial importance of evaluating local and global development initiatives together. Building her argument around a detailed examination of an integrated reproductive health project in Tanzania, Richey leaves no doubt that this 'double vision' is necessary if development is to be more than empty rhetoric evaded and ignored by local praxis."—Jane Parpart, Visiting Professor of Gender Studies, University of the West Indies

"This is a strong and important contribution to the growing literatures on the global political economy of reproduction and on local experiences of global processes, both for specialists and for readers with a less specialized background in family planning - who will find the ethnographic 'local' chapters particularly compelling. I'm already looking forward to Richey's next work." —Amy Kaler, University of Alberta

"This fine book on Tanzania belongs to a new wave of studies of global population politics inspired by the writings of Michael Foucault. Attentive to the complex intertwining of discourse and political economy, global and local level, policymaking and implementing, it develops a sharp feminist critique of current neoliberal models of development, family planning/reproductive health, and HIV/AIDS." —S.G., PDR Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230602922
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 1/22/2008
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.68 (d)

Meet the Author

Lisa Ann Richey holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and is Associate Professor of Development Studies in the Department of Society and Globalisation at Roskilde University in Denmark.

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Table of Contents

• Strategic Ambiguity: The Historical Context of the Tanzanian National Population Policy
• Intermezzo 1: An Interview at the Ministry of Health
• Population Policy Implementation and Family Planning
• Humanistic Family Planning: Governing Population at the Grassroots
• Intermezzo 2: Development in Theater and Practice: The Regional Workshop on the Integrated Project
• Identities, Expectations, and Control: Negotiating Traditional Practices and Modern Methods
• Intermezzo 3: Negotiating Cost-Sharing in the Tanzanian Health Sector
• Contraceptive Technologies for Planning Local Families
• Intermezzo 4: A Dissemination and Updating Visit to a Regional Hospital
• Conclusions

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