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978-0-7391-1176-5 • Hardback • November 2006 • $120.00 • (£92.00)
Saul Halfon is assistant professor of science & technology in society at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.
Part 1 Introduction
Chapter 2 Introduction
Chapter 3 Structured Disunity: Rethinking Consensus as a Meraphor for "Getting Along"
Part 4 Population Discourses
Chapter 5 Over-Populating the World:Discourses on "The Population Problem," 1945 to the Present
Chapter 6 Reading Cairo
Chapter 7 Re-Configuring Women's Empowerment :From Politics to Planning
Part 8 Technical Practices in the Population Network
Chapter 9 Contesting Surveys:Co-Producing Demography and Population Policy
Chapter 10 Standardizing Surveys:Building Consensus through Technical Practice
Chapter 11 Narrating Unmet Need
Part 12 Instituting the Cairo Regime
Chapter 13 Translating Unmet Need into Market Demand:Contraceptive Development after Cairo
Chapter 14 Conclusion:Projecting Population Policy
Halfon's analysis of the regime change from "population control" to "women's empowerment" enacted as the Cairo consensus ruptures the accepted grand narrative. He foregrounds the scientization of both population policy and social movement worlds through the institutionalization of shared technical language and practices. Making and talking about demographic surveys served as "neutral" sites in and through which the requisite serious negotiations could and did flourish. A brilliant analysis of the too often invisible work of making change in a complex world.
— Adele E. Clarke, professor of sociology, University of California, San Francisco
The book is ambitious, wide-ranging, provocative, and creative in its effort to bring a different slant to this challenging subject.
— Studies in Family Planning, March 2008
Halfon has clearly done a great deal of literature research and supplemented this with extensive personal interviews with people having some knowledge of the topics he explores. ...Halfon's book at least provides some hope that somewhat disparate interests can continue to muddle toward some general consensus goals.
— Population Studies: A Journal of Demography, July 2008
Halfron's goals are ambitious, which works to his favor especially in his rich discussion of the conceptualization of woman's empowerment and its history within the international community....Halfron's work acts as another significant contribution to the study of postcolonialism.
— Journal Of International Women's Studies, November 2008
Contributing to the interpretive turn in international relations scholarship and the global turn in science and technology studies, Saul Halfon has made an outstanding contribution to both fields while building a sorely needed bridge between the two. In tracing the emergence of a global population consensus around women's empowerment, he offers a nuanced understanding of consensus as a terrain of "structured disunity" that is constructed through socio-technical practices. Sophisticated yet lucid and accessible, The Cairo Consensus brings the insights of science and technology studies to a diverse audience in the social sciences, policy analysis, women's studies, and environmental studies.
— Karen Litfin, Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Washington