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Birth controlled

Selective reproduction and neoliberal eugenics in South Africa and India

Edited by Amrita Pande

Birth controlled
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Book Information

  • Format: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-6054-6
  • Pages: 384
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Price: £85.00
  • Published Date: May 2022
  • BIC Category: Reproductive Medicine, Society & social sciences / Sociology & anthropology, Anthropology, Sociology, MEDICAL / Reproductive Medicine & Technology, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / General, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Abortion & Birth Control, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General, India, Impact Of Science & Technology On Society
  • Series: Governing Intimacies in the Global South

Description

Birth controlled analyses the world of selective reproduction - the politics of who gets to legitimately reproduce the future - through a cross-cultural analysis of three modes of 'controlling' birth: contraception, reproductive violence and repro-genetic technologies. It argues that as fertility rates decline worldwide, the fervour to control fertility, and fertile bodies, does not dissipate; what evolves is the preferred mode of control. Although new technologies like those that assist conception or allow genetic selection may appear to be an antithesis of other violent versions of population control, this book demonstrates that both are part of the same continuum. All population control policies target and vilify women (Black women in particular), and coerce them into subjecting their bodies to state and medical surveillance, employing a stratified burden of blame and responsibility based on gender, race, class and caste.

Contents

Foreword - Betsy Hartmann
Introduction - Amrita Pande
Prologue: Malika Ndlovu

Part I: Birth projects
1 Birth Projects, Selective reproduction and neoliberal eugenics - Amrita Pande
2 Spectres of biological politics: conversations within and across South Asia - Sushmita Chatterjee, Deboleena Roy, Banu Subramaniam
3 Ved Garbh Vihar: Hindutva's latest neo-eugenic repronational project - Vasudha Mohanka
4 Racialising ancient skeletons: how haplotypes are mobilised in the re-writing of origin
stories in the Indian media - Devika Prakash
5 Bio-power and assisted reproductive technologies in the global south: An ethical response
from South Africa - Manitza Kotze

Part II: Birth violated
6 Injectable contraceptives: technologies of power and language of rights - C. Sathyamala
7 Stratified and violent: young women's experiences of access to reproductive health in southern Africa - Kezia Batisai
8 The politics of naming: contested vocabularies of birth violence - Rachelle Chadwick
9 Individuals, institutions, and the global political economy: unpacking intentionality in obstetric violence - Sreeparna Chattopadhyay

Part III: Birth assisted
10 'The first thing is to.survive': Dalit feminist voices on reproductive rights in India - Johanna Gondouin, Suruchi Thapar-Björkert and Mohan Rao
11 Hamstrung by hardship: protecting egg donors' reproductive labour in Kolkata, India - Meghna Mukherjee
12 The egg donation economy in South Africa: different levels of biopolitics - Verena Namberger
13 Subjects of scarcity: making white egg providers in the repro-hub of South Africa - Tessa Moll
14 The resurgence of eugenics through egg donation in South Africa: race as a central and 'obvious' choice - Rufaro Moyo

Epilogue: Malika Ndlovu

Editor

Amrita Pande is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Cape Town

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