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The decennial International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) that took place in Cairo in 1994 has been described as historic and revolutionary. It rejected top-down demographically driven population control programs, emphasizing instead reproductive health and rights for women, and for men. This volume explores the ideas and institutions that framed the Cairo consensus and traces their trajectories sixteen years down the line. Why were Third World feminists profoundly critical of the Cairo consensus and process? How has the health of people around the world been affected by neo-liberal economic policies? The intervening years have also seen the global rise of anti-feminisms and fundamentalisms targeting women's bodies and rights. What have these meant for women's rights, including reproductive rights?

The book presents detailed case studies ranging ...

An Entangled Skein: Neo-Malthusianisms in Neo-Liberal Times
An entangled skein: Neo-malthusianisms in neo-liberal times

More than a decade after the “historic” Cairo conference where do we stand today? Is it significant that there was no decennial conference in 2004? Why did this not take place? Did Cairo mean anything at all to ideas, and indeed prejudices, about population? How did these get entangled with current politics over the years? In the years since Cairo, of course, the world has changed significantly, but for some things, the more they change, the more they remain the same.

Politically correct, influential people in policy-making circles in the First World do not, any more, talk of the yellow peril, or use phrases such as population explosion, or metaphors like the population ...

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