Population Control I: Birth of an Ideology

  title={Population Control I: Birth of an Ideology},
  author={Betsy Hartmann},
  journal={International Journal of Health Services},
  pages={523 - 540}
  • B. Hartmann
  • Published 1 July 1997
  • Political Science
  • International Journal of Health Services
Population control, as a major international development strategy, is a relatively recent phenomenon. However, its origins reach back to social currents in the 19th and early 20th centuries, culminating in an organized birth control movement in Europe and the United States. The conflicts and contradictions in that movement's history presage many of today's debates over population policy and women's rights. Eugenics had a deep influence on the U.S. birth control movement in the first half of the… 
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