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Author Dowbiggin, Ian Robert, 1952-
Title The sterilization movement and global fertility in the twentieth century / Ian Dowbiggin.
Imprint Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.

Author Dowbiggin, Ian Robert, 1952-
Subject Sterilization (Birth control) -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Sterilization, Reproductive -- history.
Contraception Behavior -- history.
History, 20th Century.
Socioeconomic Factors.
Description 1 online resource (262 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates) : portraits
polychrome. rdacc
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 235-240) and index.
Contents Up from eugenics -- A new league -- The poverty bomb -- House on fire -- A great wave -- Tarred and feathered -- Going global.
Summary This book takes an historical look at the sterilization movement in post-World War II America, a revolution in modern contraceptive behavior. Focusing on leaders of the sterilization movement from the 1930's through the turn of the century, this book explores the historic linkages between environment, civil liberties, eugenics, population control, sex education, marriage counseling, and birth control movements in the 20th-century United States. Sterilization has been variously advocated as a medical procedure for defusing the "population bomb," expanding individual rights, liberating women from the fear of pregnancy, strengthening marriage, improving the quality of life of the mentally disabled, or reducing the incidence of hereditary disorders. From an historical standpoint, support for free and unfettered access to sterilization services has aroused opposition in some circles, and was considered a "liberal cause" in post-World War II America. This story demonstrates how a small group of reformers helped to alter traditional notions of gender and sexuality. --From publisher's description
Access Use copy Restrictions unspecified star
Reproduction Electronic reproduction. [Place of publication not identified] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
System Details Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Note digitized 2010 HathiTrust Digital Library committed to preserve pda
Print version record.
ISBN 9780199719990 (electronic bk.)
0199719993 (electronic bk.)
9780195188585 (cloth ; alk. paper)
0195188586 (cloth ; alk. paper)
OCLC # 649982402
Additional Format Print version: Dowbiggin, Ian Robert, 1952- Sterilization movement and global fertility in the twentieth century. Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008 (DLC) 2007036920 (OCoLC)171258227

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