A feminist exploration of ‘populationism’: engaging contemporary forms of population control

  title={A feminist exploration of ‘populationism’: engaging contemporary forms of population control},
  author={Rajani Bhatia and Jade S. Sasser and Diana Ojeda and Anne Hendrixson and Sarojini Nadimpally and Ellen E. Foley},
  journal={Gender, Place \& Culture},
  pages={333 - 350}
Abstract Following the International Conference on Population and Development in 1994 in Cairo, which prompted a discursive shift from population control to reproductive health and rights in international development, policy experts and scholars have relegated population control to the realm of history. This presents a unique challenge to feminist critics who seek to identify manifestations of population control in the present. In this article, we consider the potential of ‘populationism’ as… 
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