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History of Fertility Research in Caribbean - Talk

Surveyors in the History of Fertility Research in the Caribbean, 1940s-1950s.

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Debates over the relationship between demographic growth in the developing world and political instability roiled during the Cold War. Experts from the United States, in particular, worried about rapid growth aggravating social problems and thus generating sympathy for Communism in Latin America, and began to advocate for the mass utilization of birth control technologies. To gauge the appeal of these measures, experts turned to social science beginning in the 1940s, using Puerto Rico as an initial base of operations.

This paper deals with the ways in which fertility research with the ultimate goal of population limitation began in the Americas, paying special attention to the conflicts that emerged between US and Puerto Rican surveyors as they learned to work together."

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