Running After Pills

Politics, Gender and Contraception in Colonial Zimbabwe

Amy Kaler


Book is not available in Zimbabwe.


Kaler examines how "modern" contraceptive technologies, such as the pill and the Deop-Provera injection, were embroiled in gender and generation conflicts, and in the national liberation struggle, in Zimbabwe during the 1960s and 1970s. Based on extensive oral and archival research, the book shows the ways in which fertility and control over reproduction within marriage and the family influenced the development of the "imagined community" of the nascent Zimbabwean nation.


Running After Pills does a good job of showing how struggles over fertility affect relationships ranging from the social bonds of marriage to the imagined communities of nationalism. - Lesli Bessant, Canadian Journal of African Studies


Amy Kaler is Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology at University of Alberta.