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Global PopulationHistory, Geopolitics, and Life on Earth$
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Alison Bashford

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231147668

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231147668.001.0001

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Life and Death

Life and Death

The Biopolitical Solution to a Geopolitical Problem

(p.305) 11 Life and Death
Global Population

Alison Bashford

Columbia University Press

This chapter discusses the debates surrounding postwar world population and health problems, more specifically, the implementation of birth control and “death control,” although it was the former that was often stressed as the solution to such issues as food and political insecurity, i.e. the hopeful realization of a “freedom from want” that had characterized the discussions of world population at the time. Despite the pressing need for the implementation of fertility regulations, family planning, and a general lowering of infant mortality rates during the Cold War, particular associations to gender issues or women's health were not quite as emphasized, despite these topics having been in circulation for quite some time previous. Instead, birth control was angled towards the larger perspective of world health as well as international biopolitics.

Keywords:   birth control, death control, freedom from want, infant mortality, fertility regulations, family planning, world health, international biopolitics, Cold War

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