Reproductive geopolitics: Governing in/fertile bodies in Mexico’s past and present

Perler, Laura; Schurr, Carolin; Komposch, Nora; Winkel, Mirko; Cervantez Rodríguez, Pedro Alejandro (2024). Reproductive geopolitics: Governing in/fertile bodies in Mexico’s past and present. Environment and Planning. C, Politics and space, 42(1), pp. 102-124. Sage 10.1177/23996544231182546

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Building on work in feminist geopolitics, we discuss how the governance of in/fertility affects the
value assigned to different bodies and the question whose bodies and lives are considered as worthy
of reproducing in Mexico. To reveal the geopolitical entanglements of past and present forms of
reproductive governance, we investigate the transnational connections of Mexico’s fertility network
with Spain and the United States of America. We juxtapose visual materials from political
campaigns of the past with advertisements for present-day fertility clinics to trace the reproductive
geopolitics of (post)colonialism that shape current developments, practices, and discourses in this
transnational fertility network. Each pair of visuals exemplifies particular times and spaces of
reproductive geopolitics. The paper reveals how the contemporary Mexican fertility market is
shaped by transnational forms of reproductive governance. We employ visual juxtaposition to
provoke readers to think about the entanglement of present-day fertility markets with past reproductive

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography > Human Geography
08 Faculty of Science > Institute of Geography

UniBE Contributor:

Perler, Laura, Schurr, Carolin, Komposch, Nora Helen, Winkel, Mirko


900 History > 910 Geography & travel
700 Arts > 710 Landscaping & area planning
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics








Laura Perler

Date Deposited:

01 Dec 2023 12:36

Last Modified:

17 Feb 2024 00:14

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

feminist geopolitics, population geography, biopolitics, reproductive governance, fertility market, Mexico




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