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Colonialism, Catholicism, and Contraception

A History of Birth Control in Puerto Rico


Publisher: University of North Carolina Press
Subject: History | University of North Carolina
Print ISBN: 9780807897577
eBook ISBN: 9781469640013


The authors analyze the tortuous course that Puerto Rico has followed in evolving a population policy, highlighting the island's rapic economic growth, its role as a laboratory for testing different methods of birth control, and the inevitable conflicts between church and state. The strands of colonialism, catholicism, and contraception are woven into a background of profound social change, characterized by shifting values, industrialization, mass emigration, and technical innovation.

Originally published 1983.

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