The Sexuality-Reproduction Nexus and the Three Demographic Transitions

An Integrative Framework

  • Nikolai Botev

Part of the SpringerBriefs in Population Studies book series (BRIEFSPOPULAT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Nikolai Botev
    Pages 1-6
  3. Nikolai Botev
    Pages 15-53
  4. Nikolai Botev
    Pages 55-57
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 59-74

About this book


This monograph outlines an integrative framework that conceptualizes the role of relations of control in human reproduction and long-term population dynamics.  It thereby draws on the demographic transition theory, sexuality studies, Foucault’s concept of bio-power and sexuality as key to social control, cognate concepts and theories, and on findings from demography, anthropology, archaeology and other disciplines.

The framework is based on the premise that four demographic regimes can be identified over the course of human history. They are defined by the primary locus and modus of control over reproduction. The framework questions some of the basic postulates in population studies, including how demographic transitions are interpreted.  As such this book contributes to the debate on the longer-term trends in population dynamics and the relations of power and control in human reproduction.


Population studies Demographic regime Demographic transition Sexuality studies Reproductive behaviour Evolutionary demography Relations of power and control in human reproduction Paleo regime Obstetrical dilemma Sexuality and gender relations Locus and modus of control over human reproductiion Foucault's concept of biopower and sexuality

Authors and affiliations

  • Nikolai Botev
    • 1
  1. 1.Baden bei WienAustria

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-37554-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-37555-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2211-3215
  • Series Online ISSN 2211-3223
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