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Title:Family Planning and the Politics of Population in Tanzania: International to Local Discourse
Author:Richey, Lisa A.ISNI
Periodical:Journal of Modern African Studies
Geographic term:Tanzania
Subjects:population policy
family planning
Health and Nutrition
Women's Issues
Politics and Government
Miscellaneous (i.e. Demography, Refugees, Sports)
Family Planning and Contraception
Status of Women
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/161873
Abstract:This study explores the ambiguity and ambivalence reflected in the discourse surrounding Tanzania's National Population Policy, which was adopted in 1992. It examines what policymakers and implementors involved at all levels of the NPP say about population and family planning: how population is described as a 'problem' and family planning as its solution. This discourse can be understood as a conflict between two different lenses, 'positive' or developmental, and 'negative' or demographic. The 'negative' view of population in the Tanzanian discourse focuses on the independence of individuals and society to develop without interference from excess population competing for resources. The 'positive' view sees the population issue as a question of what Tanzanians as individuals or in society are able to do or be. The ability to define population differently to meet different needs has made the discourse and resultant policy decisions around it more acceptable. The Tanzanian government, promoting a 'positive' view of population, has been able to ally itself with proponents of an expanded reproductive health agenda without alienating the elements of the population establishment that pushed for a population policy and fund its implementation. Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum.