Contraceptive Crucible: Family Planning Workers Encounter Family Planning in 1960’s Peru

We have the pleasure to announce that  Dr Raúl Necochea (Dept of Social Medicine, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)  will present his internationally well received work on “Contraceptive Crucible: Family Planning Workers Encounter Family Planning in 1960’s Peru” as part of the SSHM Seminar Series.

When:  Wednesday 14th May 2014

Where: Room K0.16 (King’s Building, Strand Campus).

RaulDr Raúl Necochea is Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Medicine and Adjunct Assistant Professor in Department of History at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He obtained his Ph.D. in History from McGill University, and held a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Toronto’s Dalla Lana School of Public Health before joining UNC. He is broadly interested in the history of medicine and science, global health, sexual and reproductive health, Latin America, science and technology studies, and the relations between developed and developing regions.  He is presently working on new projects on the history of HIV/AIDS cure research and on the history of the health policies affecting immigrants. His book about the history of family planning in his home country of Peru will come out in the Fall.

Cheap and effective birth control was in short supply in early 20th Century Latin America. In 1930s Peru, however, health workers, overwhelmingly members of the rising urban middle class, began to voice their concerns over the dangers of the unsanitary living conditions and habits of new immigrants from rural areas, and to advocate for fertility limitation for this population in particular. By the 1960s, health workers’ longstanding belief in the dangers of abortion to women’s health contributed to their acceptance of new and more effective contraceptives. This is a paper about the changes that led to the normalisation of fertility control in a developing country in the middle of the Cold War, from the point of view of providers and users of these services.

More information about our SSHM Seminar Series can be found here. For any enquiries or if you are interested in presenting in the series contact Dr Hanna Kienzler, the convenor of the series:


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