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The Sterilization Movement and Global Fertility in the Twentieth Century
     

The Sterilization Movement and Global Fertility in the Twentieth Century

by Ian R. Dowbiggin
 

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ISBN-10: 0195188586

ISBN-13: 9780195188585

Pub. Date: 04/28/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Many would be surprised to learn that the preferred method of birth control in the United States today is actually surgical sterilization. This book takes an historical look at the sterilization movement in post-World War II America, a revolution in modern contraceptive behavior. Focusing on leaders of the sterilization movement from the 1930's through the turn of

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Many would be surprised to learn that the preferred method of birth control in the United States today is actually surgical sterilization. This book takes an historical look at the sterilization movement in post-World War II America, a revolution in modern contraceptive behavior. Focusing on leaders of the sterilization movement from the 1930's through the turn of the century, this book explores the historic linkages between environment, civil liberties, eugenics, population control, sex education, marriage counseling, and birth control movements in the 20th-century United States. Sterilization has been variously advocated as a medical procedure for defusing the "population bomb," expanding individual rights, liberating women from the fear of pregnancy, strengthening marriage, improving the quality of life of the mentally disabled, or reducing the incidence of hereditary disorders. From an historical standpoint, support for free and unfettered access to sterilization services has aroused opposition in some circles, and was considered a "liberal cause" in post-World War II America. This story demonstrates how a small group of reformers helped to alter traditional notions of gender and sexuality.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195188585
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
04/28/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
280
Product dimensions:
9.30(w) x 6.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents


Prologue     1
Up from Eugenics     17
A New League     46
The Poverty Bomb     73
House on Fire     110
A Great Wave     135
Tarred and Feathered     167
Going Global     202
Bibliography     235
Abbreviations     241
Index     243

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