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Title:Malthus travels: A cultural history of the population crisis, 1945-1995
Author(s):Greene, Ronald Walter
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Grossberg, Lawrence
Department / Program:Geography
Speech Communication
Sociology, Demography
Speech Communication
Sociology, Demography
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Speech Communication
Sociology, Demography
Abstract:This study maps the invention, circulation and regulation of the population crisis from 1945 to 1995. I conceptualize the population crisis as a complex field of practical reasoning occupied by different elements--human technologies, discourse strategies, institutions, and populations. The primary theoretical concern of this project is to describe how the population crisis emerged as a particular "governmental technology" dedicated to policing reproductive behaviors. As a cultural history, this study will analyze how the population crisis, as a policy formation, problematized and publicized the habits, morals and manners of specific populations in order to regulate population growth. This study tracks both an international and a national trajectory in the circulation of the population crisis. Internationally, I focus on the relationship between the United States and the United Nations in the creation of the population crisis. In particular, I focus on how the United States emerged as a leader in distributing demographic and family planning expertise as a means to invent, study and disarm the population bomb. Nationally, I focus on how the population formation targeted poor populations, African-American city populations, and middle class populations in the United States. I conclude this project by mapping the elements that are currently re-organizing the governing techniques of the population formation as Malthus prepares to travel to the twenty-first century.
Issue Date:1995
Rights Information:Copyright 1995 Greene, Ronald Walter
Date Available in IDEALS:2011-05-07
Identifier in Online Catalog:AAI9543596
OCLC Identifier:(UMI)AAI9543596

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