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

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

by S. Klausen

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Race, Maternity, and the Politics of Birth Control in South Africa, 1910-39 by S. Klausen

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 centres, 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 of all 'races' who utilized the clinics' services and the Department of Public Health, placing these within an international as well as national context.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781403934529
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan UK
Publication date: 11/12/2004
Edition description: 2004
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.02(d)

About the Author

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

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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