Figuring the Population Bomb
Gender and Demography in the Mid-Twentieth Century
Carole McCann uses an archive of foundational texts, disciplinary histories, participant reminiscences, and organizational records to reveal the gendered geopolitical grounds of the specialized mathematical culture, bureaucratic organization, and intertextual hierarchy that gave authority to the concept of population explosion. These demographic theories and measurement practices ignited the population "crisis" and moved nations to interfere in women's reproductive lives. Figuring the Population Bomb concludes that mid-twentieth-century demographic figures remain authoritative to this day in framing the context of transnational feminist activism for reproductive justice.
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"Brava! In this rich, fully realized analysis, McCann revisits 'the population bomb' global imaginary with a transnational feminist science studies lens. Focusing on key discourses-demography, birth control, and Indian anticolonialism-she brilliantly delineates the affective alignments across them that are requisite for sustained credibility of 'population' as solely a numbers game. Despite feminist challenges, the gendered and racialized discursive grammar McCann parses continues to generate globally 'imposable' contraceptives, locally stratified reproduction and, sadly, widely distributed human agony."—Adele E. Clarke, author of Disciplining Reproduction: Modernity, American Life Sciences and the "Problem of Sex"
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