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Making Modern MothersEthics and Family Planning in Urban Greece$
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Heather Paxson

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780520223714

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520223714.001.0001

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Maternal Citizens

Maternal Citizens

Demographics, Pronatalism, and Population Policy

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Making Modern Mothers

Heather Paxson

University of California Press

This chapter looks at how nationalist-minded politicians, accepting the rationalizing promises of family planning, have tried to adopt family planning as a means of pronatal population policy. In critically evaluating Greek population and family policy, it draws from meetings of the Athens chapter of the European Forum of Left Feminists as well as from public symposia organized by the privately funded Family Planning Association to address the “demographic problem.” The Greek chapter of the European Forum of Left Feminists succinctly titled their critique of the parliamentary report appearing in a leading Athenian newspaper: “Demographics: Women Are Again to Blame.” Demographic transition theory, however, obscures variation in how symbolic and practical consequences of fertility decline might be read across European, let alone other, contexts.

Keywords:   family planning, demographic problem, European forum, feminists, fertility

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