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Ebook | $2.99 Short | £1.49 | ISBN: 9780262319645 | 46 pp. | January 2014
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"Birth Control for a Nation": The IUD as Technoscientific Biopower

A BIT of The Global Biopolitics of the IUD


The intrauterine device (IUD) has been viewed both as a means for women’s reproductive autonomy and as coercive tool of state-imposed population control, as a convenient form of birth control on a par with the pill and as a threat to women’s health. This BIT examines the early development of the IUD through a feminist science lens, describing efforts to improve and measure its contraceptive efficacy.

About the Author

Chikako Takeshita is Assistant Professor of Women's Studies at the University of California, Riverside.