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The Malthus Factor: Poverty, Politics and Population in Capitalist Development Paperback – October 1, 1998
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"Embraced by liberals and conservatives alike, no other contemporary ideology has proved as resilient as Mathusianism in obscuring the real roots of poverty, inequality and environmental degradation. Eric Ross's powerful critique sets the record straight. It comes not a moment too soon as a Malthusian resurgence threatens the rights of immigrants and women of color, and provides a window through which right-wing forces are penetrating Northern environmental movements" - Betsy Hartmann, Director of the Population and Development Program, Hampshire College and author of Reproductive Rights and Wrongs: The Global Politics of Population Control
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The Malthus Factor is packed with detailed examples of how wide-ranging Malthus' impact on society has been, from discussions of the connections between the Green Revolution's fertilizer requirements and linkages between munitions industries and fertilizer industries, to links between the rise of the American Eugenics movement and the historical demise of American midwifery, to the roles of the Rockefeller and Ford Foundations in funding the Eugenics movement. Even readers who disagrees with Ross' theoretical approach to Malthus will learn something of value from his analysis. I expect that this book will soon become required reading for any graduate student studying for exams covering both demographic theory and political economy.