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Date Permissions Signed

11-11-2011

Date of Award

2011

Document Type

Masters Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)

Department

History

First Advisor

Leonard, Kevin Allen, 1964-

Second Advisor

Helfgott, Leonard Michael, 1937-

Third Advisor

Thompson, Roger R.

Abstract

The history of the United States Government's international population policy is examined according to a theoretical framework invented by the philosopher-historian Michel Foucault. "The population crisis" of the 1960s and 1970s is analyzed as a discourse involving the production of knowledge and the transmission of power in terms of Foucault's original conceptions of powerknowledge and governmentality. Two major pieces of evidence are considered: United States Senate hearings from 1965 titled "Population Crisis," and a 1974 National Security Council study memorandum titled "Implications of Worldwide Population Growth for U.S. Security and Overseas Interests." Conclusions about the meaning and nature of the population crisis as a discourse are drawn from an analysis of the metaphors and narratives that these sources reflect, and the operation of this discourse upon individuals and populations in the developing world is interpreted in relation to Foucault's bio-politics.

Type

Text

Publisher

Western Washington University

OCLC Number

768770909

Digital Format

application/pdf

Geographic Coverage

United States; Developing countries

Genre/Form

Academic theses

Language

English

Rights

Copying of this thesis in whole or in part is allowable only for scholarly purposes. It is understood, however, that any copying or publication of this thesis for commercial purposes, or for financial gain, shall not be allowed without the author's written permission.

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