Reproducing Italians: contested biopolitics in the age of ‘replacement anxiety’

@article{Marchesi2012ReproducingIC,
  title={Reproducing Italians: contested biopolitics in the age of ‘replacement anxiety’},
  author={M. Marchesi},
  journal={Anthropology \& Medicine},
  year={2012},
  volume={19},
  pages={171 - 188}
}
  • M. Marchesi
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Anthropology & Medicine
In national and international discourses, Italians are often represented as a greying population failing to reproduce itself. Italian women are targeted for their very low birth rates, while migrant women are scrutinized for their ‘excessive’ fertility and abortion rates. These demographic concerns over differential reproduction reflect ‘replacement anxiety’ about the below-replacement rates of Italians and the replacement of Italians by immigrants. Demographic anxieties coalesce with the… Expand
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