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Nationalizing Sex: Fertility, Fear, and Power

Richard Togman


Over the past three hundred years there have been countless attempts by governments of all types to control fertility and reproduction. Currently, more than 170 countries representing over 85 percent of humanity are actively trying to engineer how many children a person will have. Democratic, authoritarian, religious, secular, Western, Eastern, and African states have all tried with little success to control individual fertility decisions. This presents a series of interesting puzzles. Why do governments want to control childbearing decisions? What are they trying to achieve? Moreover, almost ... More

Keywords: population, demography, natality, natalist, pro-natalist, anti-natalist, threat perception, discourse, political demography, population politics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190871840
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190871840.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Richard Togman, author
Instructor, Department of Political Science, University of British Columbia