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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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Co-Opting Reproductive Justice

Co-Opting Reproductive Justice

(p.126) 5 Co-Opting Reproductive Justice
On Infertile Ground

Jade S. Sasser

NYU Press

Chapter 5 investigates the opportunistic ways that mainstream reproductive health NGOs draw on the language of reproductive justice to frame population advocacy as socially progressive. At the same time, they obscure the intersectional politics that structure the reproductive justice movement’s history and current work. The chapter analyzes the experiences of population advocates of color as they navigate the thorniness and complexity of reproductive justice (RJ) language and frameworks in an advocacy movement that has historically threatened RJ goals. I chart the changing role of racial politics in population-environment advocacy over time, tracing the ways race has moved from being a zone of heated controversy to providing an opening for new representational strategies such as reproductive and “population justice”—despite deep ambivalence toward justice frameworks and activists.

Keywords:   Justice, Reproductive justice, Race, Intersectionality, Framing, Reproductive oppression

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