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On Infertile GroundPopulation Control and Women's Rights in the Era of Climate Change$
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Jade S. Sasser

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781479873432

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479873432.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

Women as Sexual Stewards

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On Infertile Ground
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Jade S. Sasser

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NYU Press
DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479873432.003.0001

The Introduction lays the groundwork for thinking through the connections between population growth, climate change, and advocacy in the 21st century. It explores the construction of an idealized development subject that I refer to as the sexual steward: a woman who engages in reproductive self management as a form of embodied environmental responsibility. Tracing through the literatures in political ecology, women and gender in development, and international development, the chapter grounds sexual stewardship in longstanding Malthusian narratives, and argues that the redeployment of these narratives threatens to restrict the possibilities of justice-based advocacy today.

Keywords:   Malthus, Populationism, Sexual steward, Empowerment, Development

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