Contraceptive technologies

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The history of contraception is complicated and contested. Fertility and its control - the prevention and termination of pregnancy - are central to some the of the twentieth century's major stories of social and technological change, not only in the affluent West, but also in the Global South. Though patterns of use have varied enormously in time and space, eve, between otherwise apparently similar nations, most accounts focus on a single technology, or a single nation, or both. Furthermore, the material dimensions of manufacture, testing, and distribution are often black-boxed in accounts that emphasize the fraught social, cultural, political, legal, moral, and religious ramifications of contraception and abortion. Historians still lack an integrated approach that would consider the production and consumption, supply and demand - from both men and women - of multiple technologies across national boundaries in the same analysis.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTwentieth Century Population Thinking
Subtitle of host publicationA Critical Reader in Primary Sources
EditorsThe Population Knowledge Network
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages37
ISBN (Electronic)9781315707365
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2015


  • contraception
  • history of contraception
  • intrauterine devices
  • sterilization


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