Lecture on March 4th: Population Control, Politics and the Social Body

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University of Massachusetts Amherst
Women, Gender, Sexuality
Svati Shah

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 excess sexuality. 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 feminism.  our work on the social construction of race and racial formations, slavery and eugenics. 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
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