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A Suitable Country: The Relationship between Sweden's Interwar Population Policy and Family Planning in Postindependence India
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of History of Science and Ideas.
2010 (English)In: Berichte zur Wissenschaftsgeschichte, ISSN 0170-6233, E-ISSN 1522-2365, Vol. 33, no 3, 297-320 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article delineates a strong continuity, particularly in terms of personnel, between interwar domestic population policies and Sweden’s postwar participation in international and transnational population-control programs. It argues that Swedish engagement in population control and family planning in the emerging Third World, and particularly in South Asia, was motivated by the conviction that poverty and underdevelopment must be attacked on several fronts simultaneously, with population control being one of the most important. In its first bilateral aid programs Sweden would prioritize the promotion of birth control primarily because it was still too controversial to be promoted multilaterally, not least for religious reasons; and because Swedish experts were regarded as especially liberal, rational, and secularized. Sterilization expertise played no decisive part in this continuity. When first establishing themselves in South Asia, Swedish experts would recommend the rhythm method and other contraceptive methods that depended on self-control.

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Weinheim: Wiley , 2010. Vol. 33, no 3, 297-320 p.
Keyword [en]
India, Sweden, family planning, birth control, population control, sterilization
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History of Ideas
Research subject
History of Sciences and Ideas
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-130827DOI: 10.1002/bewi.201001470ISI: 000282538800005OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-130827DiVA: diva2:351395
Special Issue: Bevölkerungswissenschaften im 20. Jahrhundert - Diskurse und Praktiken in transnationaler PerspektiveAvailable from: 2010-09-14 Created: 2010-09-14 Last updated: 2010-12-03Bibliographically approved

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