Race, Maternity and the Politics of Birth Control in South Africa, 1910-39

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Using original primary sources, this book uncovers and analyzes for the first time the politics of fertility and the battle over birth control in South Africa from 1910 (the year the country was formed) to 1945. It examines the nature and achievements of the South African birth-control movement in pre-apartheid South Africa, including the establishment of voluntary birth-control organizations in urban centers, the national birth-control coalition, and the clinic practices of the country's first birth-control ...

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Using original primary sources, this book uncovers and analyzes for the first time the politics of fertility and the battle over birth control in South Africa from 1910 (the year the country was formed) to 1945. It examines the nature and achievements of the South African birth-control movement in pre-apartheid South Africa, including the establishment of voluntary birth-control organizations in urban centers, the national birth-control coalition, and the clinic practices of the country's first birth-control clinics. The book spotlights important actors such as the birth controllers themselves, the women who utilized the clinics' services and the Department of Public Health, placing these within an international as well as national context.

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". . . A riveting read that should be of value to readers with an interest in medical and South African history, as well as the history of gender, race and eugenics." — Shula Marks, Emeritus Professor of History, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

"This is a splendid work providing a detailed and nuanced account, meticuously located in space and time, of the development of birth control in South Africa, while clearly situating this within the wider international movement for reproductive control. Klausen does a first-class job of revealing the complex interaction of the various forces and interest groups involved with the issue in South Africa, and sheds light on parallel developments both in the British Empire and elsewhere." — Dr Lesley A. Hall, Wellcome Library for the History and Understanding of Medicine

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403934529
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 3/2/2005
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.56 (d)

Meet the Author

Susanne M. Klausen is Assistant Professor of African History at Carleton University, Ottawa.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
• Fears of National Decline and the Politics of Birth Control
• Eugenic Birth Control and the Poor-White Problem
• Strengthening the Nation's Mothers Through Birth Control
• The Failure of Eugenic Birth Control
• The Cape Town Mothers' Clinic
• State Support for Birth Control
• Conclusion
• Bibliography
• Index

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