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The End of Children?: Changing Trends in Childbearing and Childhood

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Concerns about declining fertility rates are matched only by fearsthat childhood is being destroyed by modern parenting practices. Thismultidisciplinary volume offers a more balanced, less alarmistperspective on the meanings and implications of these issues. Contraryto predictions about the end of children and the end of childhood,these investigations of developments in Canada and the United States,and to a lesser extent elsewhere in the world, show that fertilityrates and ideas about children and childhood are ...

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Overview

Concerns about declining fertility rates are matched only by fearsthat childhood is being destroyed by modern parenting practices. Thismultidisciplinary volume offers a more balanced, less alarmistperspective on the meanings and implications of these issues. Contraryto predictions about the end of children and the end of childhood,these investigations of developments in Canada and the United States,and to a lesser extent elsewhere in the world, show that fertilityrates and ideas about children and childhood are not uniform but rathervary around the globe based on factors such as time, culture, class,income, and age.

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"The place of children and how we regard them, whether through government policies, educational practices, or personal choices, is a pressing social issue, taken up with sensitivity in this volume. The End of Children? successfully combines the expertise of scholars from different fields and is unique in its twinning of declining fertility rates and varying conceptions of childhood. It makes an important contribution to the scholarship on children, across a number of disciplines and geographic boundaries."
- Cynthia Comacchio, Professor of History, Wilfrid Laurier University
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780774821933
  • Publisher: University of British Columbia Press
  • Publication date: 7/19/2012
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet the Author

Nathanael Lauster is an assistant professor ofsociology at the University of British Columbia. GrahamAllan is professor emeritus of sociology at Keele Universityin the United Kingdom.Contributors: Graham Allan, Anita Ilta Garey, MonaGleason, Edward Kruk, Nathanael Lauster, Megan Lemmon, Todd F. Martin,Adena B.K. Miller, Jay Teachman, Nicholas W. Townsend, Rebecca L.Upton, James M. White, Mira Whyman, and Jing Zhao.

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Table of Contents

Introduction / Nathanael Lauster and Graham Allan

1 Fertility Change in North America, 1950-2000 / Mira Whyman, Megan Lemmon, and Jay Teachman

2 Changing Children and Changing Cultures: Immigrationas a Source of Fertility and the Assumptions of Assimilation / Nathanael Lauster, Todd F. Martin, and James M. White

3 Using Infertility, Useful Fertility: CulturalImperatives on the Value of Children in the United States / RebeccaL. Upton

4 The Performance of Motherhood and Fertility Decline: AStage Props Approach / Nathanael Lauster

5 Parenthood, Immortality, and the End of Childhood / Nicholas W. Townsend

6 Leaving Home: An Example of the Disappearance ofChildhood and Its End as a Predictable Set of Uniform Experiences / Adena B.K. Miller

7 The Disappearance of Parents from Children'sLives: The Cumulative Effects of Child Care, Child Custody, and ChildWelfare Policies in Canada / Edward Kruk

8 Navigating the Pedagogy of Failure: Medicine,Education, and the Disabled Child in English Canada, 1900-45 / MonaGleason

9 Pathologizing Childhood / Anita IltaGarey

Conclusion: From Children to Child: Ending in China / Jing Zhao,Nathanael Lauster, and Graham Allan

List of Contributors

Index

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