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A biopolitics of population decline: the Australian women's sphere as a discourse of resistance


Stratford, E, A biopolitics of population decline: the Australian women's sphere as a discourse of resistance, Australian Geographer, 29, (3) pp. 357-370. ISSN 0004-9182 (1998) [Refereed Article]

DOI: doi:10.1080/00049189808703229


Population decline at the last fin de siècle produced considerable debate among scholars, bureaucrats, and politicians. Material about this issue in the popular press of the day is also significant, allowing reflection on colonial attitudes toward the feminine, the home, and nature. Some commentators argued that these three were enduringly interconnected, and were critical to understanding both population decline and the decline of the population. Others challenged such positions. In this paper, I set out a preliminary exploration of such views by analysing excerpts from the Australian Women's Sphere for their treatment of the feminine, the home, and nature. I refer also to their differentially placed constitution in the urban and the rural, the private and the public, and the nation. © 1998 Geographical Society of New South Wales Inc.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Human geography
Research Field:Social geography
Objective Division:Culture and Society
Objective Group:Other culture and society
Objective Field:Other culture and society not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Stratford, E (Professor Elaine Stratford)
ID Code:13688
Year Published:1998
Deposited By:Geography and Environmental Studies
Deposited On:1998-08-01
Last Modified:2021-01-28

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