Chosen Lives Of Childfree Men

Overview

More and more couples are choosing not to have children. While much attention has been paid to this trend from a woman's point of view, men are often seen as having a secondary role in this choice, as ready to accept whatever their partners decide. In an age when men are expected to be caregivers as well as breadwinners and encouraged to take on more parental responsibilities, this volume argues that they need to be active participants in this crucial, life-altering decision. Based on in-depth interviews with 30 ...

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Overview

More and more couples are choosing not to have children. While much attention has been paid to this trend from a woman's point of view, men are often seen as having a secondary role in this choice, as ready to accept whatever their partners decide. In an age when men are expected to be caregivers as well as breadwinners and encouraged to take on more parental responsibilities, this volume argues that they need to be active participants in this crucial, life-altering decision. Based on in-depth interviews with 30 American and British childless men, this is the first book to explore the motives and consequences of voluntary childlessness from a man's perspective.

The interviewees explain the reasons for their choice and explore its impact on their freedom, relationships, job opportunities, and finances. They also discuss their mixed feelings, their family background, and their concern over the world's ever-growing population. The picture that emerges challenges the stereotype of men who decide against parenthood as immature, selfish, and irresponsible. Although each man provides several reasons, the author identifies nine main types of childfree men, including workaholics, lifelong learners, early retirees, stress reducers, and men who don't want to repeat the mistakes of their parents.

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Based on interviews with 30 American and British men, challenges the stereotype that men without children are immature, selfish, and irresponsible. Finds nine main types, including workaholics, lifelong learners, early retirees, stress reducers, and men avoiding the mistakes of their parents. Argues that men should be active participants in decided whether or not a couple has children. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknew.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780897895989
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/30/1999
  • Pages: 158
  • Lexile: 980L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.44 (d)

Meet the Author

PATRICIA LUNNEBORG is a former Professor of Psychology and Adjunct Professor of Women's Studies at the University of Washington.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Not to Be a Father? 1
Ch. 2 Personal Development 13
Ch. 3 Relationships 25
Ch. 4 Work and Money 37
Ch. 5 At Home 47
Ch. 6 Avoiding Mistakes 55
Ch. 7 Not Liking Kids 67
Ch. 8 Early Retirement 75
Ch. 9 Avoiding Stress 85
Ch. 10 Staying the Way We Are 97
Ch. 11 Mixed Feelings 105
Ch. 12 Men and Overpopulation 113
Ch. 13 The Father Connection 121
Ch. 14 To Sum Up 129
Appendix 137
References 139
Index 141
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