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Nature against us : the United States and the world population crisis, 1965-1980
Donaldson, Peter J.
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Publication Information:
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, [1990]

Physical Description:
xi, 207 pages ; 22 cm
Reading Level:
1560 Lexile.
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HB884.5 .D66 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Donaldson studies how and why the United States contributed to the increase in contraceptive use from 1965 to 1980 by promoting family planning throughout the developing world. He argues that the people and institutions they supported overseas started a contraceptive revolution that has dramatically reduced birthrates in developing countries.

Originally published in 1990.

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In this book Donaldson discusses the role of the US in dealing with the world population crisis. The author has extensive experience in Third World population policy. His materials come from archives for AID, the CIA, the FBI, and the Population Council, and also from interviews with many persons who were influential in US international population policy. Unfortunately, the book's scope is too broad for an adequate treatment of the topic. One chapter documents American concern with overpopulation; the next one discusses postwar foreign policy. Four chapters deal with the evolution of AID's international program. The world's reaction--essentially positions taken by various international organizations and two international population conferences--is summarized in one brief chapter. A case study of the Population Council's activities in South Korea and an analysis of the relation between modernization and contraceptive use close the discussion. References to the mainstream demographic literature are somewhat skimpy. Most likely users: upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, and faculty in public policy. -J. De Vries, Carleton University