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    Re-centring ‘Race’ in development: population policies and global capital accumulation in the era of the SDGs

    Wilson, Kalpana (2017) Re-centring ‘Race’ in development: population policies and global capital accumulation in the era of the SDGs. Globalizations 14 (3), pp. 432-449. ISSN 1474-7731.

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    Abstract

    This article argues that contrary to some recent theorizing of contemporary development interventions, ideologies of race and discursive and material processes of racialization remain central to development and are embedded in the Sustainable Development Goals. This is explored through an examination of current population policies, and in particular the ‘global family planning strategy’ initiated by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with the British government. Population concerns are now routinely invoked in the context of neo-Malthusian discourses which relate migration, climate change, and conflict. This article argues however that contemporary population policies represent more than a discursive smokescreen for the destructive impacts of global capital accumulation—they are in fact deeply enmeshed in strategies for its expansion. As such, they rely upon embodied coercion and violence which is racialized and gendered, even as they invoke narratives of reproductive rights and choices.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): population policies, SDGs, racism, FP2020
    School: School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy > Department of Geography
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 28 Mar 2017 14:00
    Last Modified: 28 Jun 2020 15:12
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/18359

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