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prophet of doom was Stanford entomologist Paul Ehrlich, who had an epiphany
in the summer of 1966, when he visited with his wife the crowded streets of Delhi
during a research trip to study butterflies. During that visit, Ehrlich came to for-
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face an inevitable population-food crisis [as] each year food production in these
countries falls a bit further behind burgeoning populationgrowth” (Ehrlich 3). To
put it in other words: on a finite planet with finite
Russian Federation where among 1,000 inhabitants the populationgrowth due
to migration is more than twofold the average Russian populationgrowth.
The inflow of migrants contributes to an increase of real estate prices, a
more aggravated competition on the labor market, decreasing standards of
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2 There are differences, though, as to what extent governmentality scholars ques-
tion older forms of critique: While Nikolas Rose questions the “older” approa-
ches more fundamentally, Thomas Lemke integrates them but emphasizes that
they are no longer sufficient (2000).
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international population policies directed at reducing world populationgrowth. I will argue that we can understand current biopolitics better if we
start from a more complex analysis of articulation between totalizing demo-
graphic and individualizing medicalizing
everywhere of still-rocketing populationgrowth combined with
consumption of natural resources, the thinning of the ozone layer, global warming, the
collapse of marine fisheries, and, less directly through foreign trade, the decimation
of tropical forests and mass extinction of the species. She would regret, I am sure,
the sorry example the United States sets with its enormous per capita appropriation
of productive land around the world for its consumption—ten times that of developing
countries. (p. 363)
In the late twentieth century, Wilson has been arguably the
experienced a positive
growth during the first stage. Specifically, from January 1, 2001 to January 1,
2008, populationgrowth added 12.8 per cent to the total population in Spain
(more than five million people); between three per cent and five per cent to the
total population in France, United Kingdom and Sweden (more than three mil-
lion people, more than two and a half million people and more than 300,000
people, respectively); and between two and three per cent in Italy, Portugal and
Greece (more than one and a half million people in Italy, 222,565 in Portugal