On Infertile Ground
Population Control and Women's Rights in the Era of Climate Change
“On Infertile Ground deepens and expands our understanding of contemporary population politics and policy discourses in the era of climate change. In a fresh and original analysis, Jade S. Sasser reveals how poor women in the Global South are now instrumentalized as ‘sexual stewards’ of both the environment and the neoliberal economic order by population/environment NGOs, foundations, and policymakers. Her fieldwork gives us a first-hand view of how this hegemonic knowledge is produced and how it colonizes young white activists’ vision of the future. This book comes not a moment too soon as population control efforts gain force under a false banner of women’s empowerment. Sasser has made an impressive contribution to political ecology, feminist theory, and the pursuit of real reproductive justice.”
—Betsy Hartmann, Author of Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control
“As we face a feverish and hyper politicized climate around reproductive justice and climate change, this is a critical book for our times. Superbly researched, carefully analyzed, and deeply historical, On Infertile Ground provides a thoughtful and insightful exploration of how we got here, and what the future has in store . . . Jade S. Sasser brings many important strains in feminist and environmental literature into a cogent analysis of contemporary politics.”
—Banu Subramaniam, Author of Ghost Stories for Darwin: The Science of Variation and the Politics of Diversity
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