Reproductive Health

Book Review: Janelle Lamoreaux’s Infertile Environments

Book Review: Janelle Lamoreaux’s Infertile Environments


Infertile Environments: Epigenetic Toxicology and the Reproductive Health of Chinese Men, by Janelle Lamoreaux (Duke University Press, 2023). The World Health Organization recently called to center women, pregnant people, and children in addressing climate change (WHO 2023). The report emphasizes potential long-term and intergenerational effects of climate related exposures, such as extreme temperatures, displacement, and […]
Family planning projects: unpacking the spectacle of women’s empowerment in Uttar Pradesh, India

Family planning projects: unpacking the spectacle of women’s empowerment in Uttar Pradesh, India


Introduction Contraceptives are considered ‘the greatest life-saving, poverty ending, women-empowering innovation ever created’ (Gates 2019, 18). ‘Family planners’ – the global constellation of bilateral and multilateral entities, governments, philanthropies, research bodies, and NGOs working in the field of family planning – rationalize investment and intervention into ‘excessive’ fertility along two lines: namely, reductions in unintended […]
Democracy, power, knowledge, and health: questions for the future of social medicine

Democracy, power, knowledge, and health: questions for the future of social medicine


This essay aims to explore possibilities and challenges for the future of Social Medicine.[1] It is inspired by empirical ethnographic research, as part of a PhD in Collective Health, in a Brazilian public maternity hospital, which does not escape the contradictions of being part of a universal health system immersed in a context of deep […]