Race, Maternity, and the Politics of Birth Control in South Africa, 1910–39

  • Authors
  • Susanne M. Klausen

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. Susanne M. Klausen
    Pages 1-11
  3. Susanne M. Klausen
    Pages 40-63
  4. Susanne M. Klausen
    Pages 88-110
  5. Susanne M. Klausen
    Pages 111-129
  6. Susanne M. Klausen
    Pages 130-149
  7. Susanne M. Klausen
    Pages 150-155
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 156-221

About this book


Using original primary sources, this book uncovers and analyzes for the first time the politics of fertility and the battle over birth control in South Africa from 1910 (the year the country was formed) to 1945. It examines the nature and achievements of the South African birth-control movement in pre-apartheid South Africa, including the establishment of voluntary birth-control organizations in urban centres, the national birth-control coalition, and the clinic practices of the country's first birth-control clinics. The book spotlights important actors such as the birth controllers themselves, the women of all 'races' who utilized the clinics' services and the Department of Public Health, placing these within an international as well as national context.


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Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-349-51722-0
  • Online ISBN 978-0-230-51125-5
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