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Maternal Citizens

Heather Paxson

in Making Modern Mothers

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2004 | ISBN: 9780520223714
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520937130 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520223714.003.0004
Maternal Citizens

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This chapter looks at how nationalist-minded politicians, accepting the rationalizing promises of family planning, have tried to adopt family planning as a means of pronatal population policy. In critically evaluating Greek population and family policy, it draws from meetings of the Athens chapter of the European Forum of Left Feminists as well as from public symposia organized by the privately funded Family Planning Association to address the “demographic problem.” The Greek chapter of the European Forum of Left Feminists succinctly titled their critique of the parliamentary report appearing in a leading Athenian newspaper: “Demographics: Women Are Again to Blame.” Demographic transition theory, however, obscures variation in how symbolic and practical consequences of fertility decline might be read across European, let alone other, contexts.

Keywords: family planning; demographic problem; European forum; feminists; fertility

Chapter.  21513 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Anthropology

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