Reproduction Policy in the Twenty-First Century

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Reproduction Policy in the Twenty-First Century

A Comparative Analysis

9781035324156 Edward Elgar Publishing
Edited by Hannah Zagel, Professor of Life Course Sociology, WZB Berlin Social Science Center and Technical University Dortmund, Germany
Publication Date: November 2024 ISBN: 978 1 03532 415 6 Extent: c 208 pp
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This pertinent book investigates how governments are involved in human reproduction. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, the book provides crucial insights from the fields of sociology, law, political science and demography to better understand reproduction policy in the twenty-first century.

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This pertinent book investigates how governments are involved in human reproduction. Adopting a multidisciplinary approach, the book gathers crucial insights from the fields of sociology, law, political science and demography to better understand reproduction policy in the twenty-first century.

Arguing that reproduction policy is a regulatory domain of the welfare state, expert authors from across the globe analyse cases concerning sexuality education, contraception, abortion, pregnancy care, medically assisted reproduction and related policies. Cross-country and cross-policy comparisons reveal how ideologies, policy goals, and instruments in this domain are interlinked, and show where these interrelations contradict. Ultimately, Reproduction Policy in the Twenty-First Century highlights the need for further comparative academic work on reproduction policy, recommending a future research agenda which will influence the creation of policy landscapes that support the reproductive welfare of all.

This timely book is a crucial resource for students and researchers of comparative social policy, human rights law, politics and public policy. Building on cornerstone feminist arguments, it is also of interest to sociologists more broadly as it investigates social inequalities in the domain of reproduction.
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‘Reproduction policy is often hiding in plain sight, an aspect or outcome of national health, labor, family and social welfare regulation. This comprehensive and comparative book brings together chapters focusing on sex education, contraception, abortion, medically assisted infertility treatments, selective pro- and anti-natalism and more across a score of countries. The book provides important methods and theories for thinking cohesively about contemporary issues in reproduction policy.’
– Rayna Rapp, New York University, US

‘This book is truly going somewhere new, elucidating reproduction policy as a field of study and critically integrating it into comparative welfare state research. It shines an original light on an understudied dimension of welfare state regulation.’
– Mary Daly, University of Oxford, UK
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