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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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    This article argues that contrary to some recent theorizing of contemporary development interventions, ideologies of race and discursive and material processes of racialisation remain central to development in the era of 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 racialised and gendered, even as they invoke narratives of reproductive rights and choices.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis, available online at the link above.
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): population policies, SDGs, racism, FP2020
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Depositing User: Kalpana Wilson
    Date Deposited: 08 May 2018 08:24
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:41


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