Race, Maternity, and the Politics of Birth Control in South Africa, 1910-39

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Using original primary sources, this book uncovers and analyzes for the first time the politics of fertility and the battle over birth control in South Africa from 1910 (the year the country was formed) to 1945. It examines the nature and achievements of the South African birth-control movement in pre-apartheid South Africa, including the establishment of voluntary birth-control organizations in urban centres, the national birth-control coalition, and the clinic practices of the country's first birth-control clinics. The book spotlights important actors such as the birth controllers themselves, the women of all 'races' who utilized the clinics' services and the Department of Public Health, placing these within an international as well as national context.

Original languageEnglish (US)
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages221
ISBN (Electronic)9780230511255
ISBN (Print)9781403934529
StatePublished - Nov 12 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Social Sciences
  • General Arts and Humanities


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