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Fatal Misconception is the disturbing story of our quest to remake humanity by policing national borders and breeding better people. As the population of the world doubled once, and then again, well-meaning people concluded that only population control could preserve the "quality of life." This movement eventually spanned the globe and carried out a series of astonishing experiments, from banning Asian immigration to paying poor people to be sterilized.

Supported by affluent countries, foundations, and non-governmental organizations, the population control movement experimented with ways to limit population growth. But it had to contend with the Catholic Church's ban on contraception and nationalist leaders who warned of "race suicide." The ensuing struggle caused untold suffering for those caught in the middle--particularly women and children. It culminated in the horrors of sterilization camps in India and the one-child policy in China.

Matthew Connelly offers the first global history of a movement that changed how people regard their children and ultimately the face of humankind. It was the most ambitious social engineering project of the twentieth century, one that continues to alarm the global community. Though promoted as a way to lift people out of poverty--perhaps even to save the earth--family planning became a means to plan other people's families.

With its transnational scope and exhaustive research into such archives as Planned Parenthood and the newly opened Vatican Secret Archives, Connelly's withering critique uncovers the cost inflicted by a humanitarian movement gone terribly awry and urges renewed commitment to the reproductive rights of all people.

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Fatal Misconception is the disturbing story of our quest to remake ourselves by policing national borders and breeding better people. Supported by affluent countries, foundations, and non-governmental organizations, the population control movement experimented with ways to limit population growth. With its transnational scope and exhaustive research into such archives as Planned Parenthood and the newly opened Vatican Secret Archives, Connelly's critique uncovers the cost inflicted by a humanitarian movement gone terribly awry and urges renewed commitment to the reproductive rights of all people.

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An Economist Book of the Year in Science and Technology

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A Financial Times Book of the Year, 2008

About the Author

Matthew Connelly is Professor of History, Columbia University.

Columbia University

Table of Contents

  • Preface
  • Abbreviations
  • Introduction: How Biology Became History
  1. Populations Out of Control
  2. To Inherit the Earth
  3. Populations at War
  4. Birth of the Third World
  5. The Population Establishment
  6. Controlling Nations
  7. Beyond Family Planning
  8. A System without a Brain
  9. Reproducing Rights, Reproducing Health
  • Conclusion: The Threat of the Future
  • Notes
  • Archives and Interviews
  • Acknowledgments
  • Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674034600
Author:
Connelly, Matthew
Publisher:
Belknap Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
World
Subject:
Abortion & Birth Control
Subject:
World - General
Subject:
Modern - 20th Century
Subject:
Demography
Subject:
Sociology-Abortion and Birth Control
Subject:
SCIENCE / Environmental Science (see also Chemistry / Environmental)
Subject:
Social Science-Demography
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
November 2009
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 halftones, 6 line illustrations
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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