Date of Graduation

Fall 12-16-2011

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS)


International Studies

First Advisor

Dr. Anne Bartlett


I propose that in order to approach corrective recommendations for family planning initiatives an examination of initiative fitness is necessary. Using a Foucauldian approach, this analysis identifies the discursive formations (ideologies) at work in centralized family planning in order to elucidate the female normative model for whom initiative programs are constructed. This norm is contrasted with the lived experiences of Malian women in order to determine if the ideology dictating family planning structures is suitable for the local population. When combined with existing analyses of family planning structures and outcomes, this research helps triangulate family planning in a three-dimensional space, linking the conceptualization of norms with their actual deployment and effects.