The book analyses the politics of the emergence of population as a ‘problem’ and family planning as a ‘solution’. It looks at how African countries came to embrace typical family
planning policies and neoliberal approaches that value limiting a woman’s offspring. It also looks at the way in which African women and men interpret the changing population messages so as to make sense of them as they attempt to raise healthy children within a context of economic uncertainty. Furthermore, the book explores the shifting global population discourse, the integration of HIV/AIDS into reproductive health, and the changing value of children as important directions for the future. It emphasises that the transnational politics that it portrays must be understood if the interpretive gaps between global discourses and local development interventions are to become narrower. The research for the book was conducted in Tanzania, which provides a particularly revealing illustration of the linkages between the global and local.
LISA ANN RICHEY holds a Ph.D. in Political Science and is Associate
Professor of Development Studies in the Department of Society and Globalisation
at Roskilde University, Denmark.