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Markets and Malthus: Population, Gender, and Health in Neo-liberal Times explores the ideas and institutions that were framed at the 1994 United Nations population conference in Cairo 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? What have these meant for women's rights, including reproductive rights?
The book presents detailed case studies from various countries ranging from India and China, to Egypt, Tanzania, Uganda, and across Africa to Argentina, Peru, and throughout Latin America, as well as overarching themed essays. From the politics of abortion and immigration to rising levels of fundamentalist violence and sex selective abortions, the volume explores a range of issues from several vantage points. It offers startling new insights into these issues by linking them to neo-liberal economic policies that have profoundly shaped health policies globally. This book is essential reading for students of gender studies, public health, and demography, as well as policy-makers and activists.
The volume is comprehensive in terms of coverage, discourse, theoretical and empirical findings and makes the reader workout some population issues having linkages with larger developmental agenda.
Markets and Malthus has an engaging collection of papers on population, gender and health. (The Financial Express)
This book is a must read for all those who are concerned about the lives of poor women. This remarkable collection of essays shows us, through case studies from across the world, how the Cairo Conference`s call for reproductive rights have been subverted by neo-liberal economic policies to promote fertility control at the cost of women`s health. (Brinda Karat)
In the current climate when overpopulation arguments are again prominent, this book is essential reading for health and women`s rights activists and indeed policy-makers. It explores how the promises of reproductive health and rights at the ICPD in Cairo in 1994 were hollowed out by neo-liberalism. Both market fundamentalism and religious fundamentalism took their toll.
About the Author
Mohan Rao is Professor at the Centre of Social Medicine and Community Health, School of Social Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is a medical doctor, specialized in public health. He works on health and population policy, and the history and politics of health. His publications include From Population Control to Reproductive Health: Malthusian Arithmetic (2004), Disinvesting in Health: The World Bank's Health Prescription (edited, 1999), and The Unheard Scream: Reproductive Health and Women's Lives in India (edited, 2004).
Sarah Sexton works with The Corner House, a non-profit research and solidarity group based in Dorset, UK that aims to support democratic and community movements for environmental and social justice. As part of its solidarity work, The Corner House carries out analyses, research, and advocacy with the aim of linking issues, of stimulating informed discussion and strategic thought on critical environmental and social concerns, and of encouraging broad alliances to tackle them. She is currently working on the political economy of the global biotechnology industry, and its