Women’s Studies, Lecture on March 4th
Population Control, Politics and the Social Body
When does population become overpopulation?
“over” population is a problem for 'under' developed countries.
overpopulation is the geography of 'excess' people, excess bodies and
Where and how does population control fit?
What do we know about population, nation, excess, bodies and sexuality?
our work is to understood how bodies are constructed and understood.
normativity and excess (sex-gender, sexuality, race, class, nation).
our work to understand how the geography and the use of these conducts
are multiple, multivalve not and multivocal.
our work to engage complicated understandings of aid (particular United
States aid outside the US) rights and activism.
our work on feminism(s), our readings on acknowledging women of color-
feminism, militant feminism and intervention into white and middle-class
our work on the social construction of race and racial formations, slavery
Mandani's analysis / critique:
attribution analysis abound, increases access to birth control is mapped
onto population declines in error.
causal inference mistakes abound, poor people have a lot of children, so
having lots of children makes you poor (rather than the inverse, which is
correct...) people have more children becaus