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Margaret Andersen

Margaret AndersenAssociate Professor
Department of History
Ph.D., University of Iowa
Project: Motherhood for the Nation: Reproduction, Family Policy and Social Welfare in France and Empire, 1939-1965

This book project centers on the development of family policy, with its strong emphasis on the social and national importance of motherhood, in France and North Africa from 1939 to 1965. The book examines the fluctuating meanings attached to motherhood by situating family policy squarely within the larger context of French imperialism and France’s transition to a post-colonial state. Given the shared histories of France and North Africa, the book argues that understanding French family policy and social welfare during this period requires examining how race and immigration changed the demographic debate and shaped the approach the state took to promoting motherhood and a more robust birthrate.

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