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Race, maternity, and the politics of birth control in South Africa, 1910-39

Author: Susanne Maria Klausen
Publisher: Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.
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In the years after Union in 1910, Churches, doctors and politicians condemned birth control as a cause of 'immorality' and a threat to 'white civilization' in South Africa. By 1938, the government was subsidizing the national birth-control movement. Why the shift in the dominant perception of birth control from a tainted moral issue to a matter of public health policy? This book traces changes in elites' attitude to  Read more...
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Klausen, Susanne Maria, 1965-
Race, maternity, and the politics of birth control in South Africa, 1910-39.
Houndmills, Basingstoke ; New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2004
(DLC) 2004042095
(OCoLC)54972454
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Susanne Maria Klausen
ISBN: 0230511252 9780230511255
OCLC Number: 69951552
Description: 1 online resource (xix, 221 pages) : maps
Contents: Introduction --
Fears of National Decline and the Politics of Birth Control --
Eugenic Birth Control and the Poor-White Problem --
Strengthening the Nation's Mothers Through Birth Control --
The Failure of Eugenic Birth Control --
The Cape Town Mothers' Clinic --
State Support for Birth Control --
Conclusion --
Bibliography --
Index.
Responsibility: Susanne M. Klausen.
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In the years after Union in 1910, Churches, doctors and politicians condemned birth control as a cause of 'immorality' and a threat to 'white civilization' in South Africa. By 1938, the government was subsidizing the national birth-control movement. Why the shift in the dominant perception of birth control from a tainted moral issue to a matter of public health policy? This book traces changes in elites' attitude to fertility control, the emergence of the birth-control movement, and the establishment of contraceptive services in South Africa from 1910 to 1939. Spurred by fears of national decline, anxiety over the future of white supremacy, concerns about the health of mothers, and international developments, activists opened clinics in urban centres across the country. This book analyzes the two wings of the birth-control movement, eugenics and maternal feminism, the encounters between women and service providers in the country's largest birth-control clinics, and the government's adoption of contraceptive services as a necessary public health measure.

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