Whither the Child?: Causes and Consequences of Low Fertility

Overview

Birth rates are falling and fertility rates are well below replacement levels. At the same time, the economic crisis has forced governments to scale back public spending, reduce child support, and raise the retirement age, causing immense social conflict. Taking a step outside the disciplinary comfort zone, Whither the Child? asks how demography affects individuals and society. What does it feel like to live in a low fertility world? What are the consequences? Is there even a problem - economically, culturally ...
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Overview

Birth rates are falling and fertility rates are well below replacement levels. At the same time, the economic crisis has forced governments to scale back public spending, reduce child support, and raise the retirement age, causing immense social conflict. Taking a step outside the disciplinary comfort zone, Whither the Child? asks how demography affects individuals and society. What does it feel like to live in a low fertility world? What are the consequences? Is there even a problem - economically, culturally and morally? No other book confronts so many dimensions of the low fertility issue and none engage with the thorny issues of child psychology, parenting, family, and social policy that are tackled head-on here.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612050942
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 12/28/2013
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric Kaufmann is Reader in Politics at Birkbeck College, University of London, and author of Shall the Religious Inherit the Earth (Profile 2010).

W. Bradford Wilcox is Director of the National Marriage Project and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia.

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Table of Contents

Introduction Eric Kaufmann W. Bradford Wilcox vii

Chapter 1 Fertility, Feminism, and Faith: The Influence of Secularism and Economic Conditions Alícia Adserà 1

Chapter 2 The Social and Civic Consequences of Parenthood for Adults David J. Eggebeen 29

Chapter 3 Do Children Bring Happiness and Purpose in Life? Hans-Peter Kohler 47

Chapter 4 Gift or Commodity: How Ought We to Think about Children? Elizabeth Marquardt 77

Chapter 5 Little Emperors? Growing Up in China after the One-Child Policy Susan E. Short Hongwei Xu Ying Liu 95

Chapter 6 Before, During, and After the Baby Carriage: The Division of Family Labor and Wives' Contemporary Marital Satisfaction W. Bradford Wilcox Jeffrey Dew 113

Chapter 7 Sacralization by Stealth? The Religious Consequences of Low Fertility in Europe Eric Kaufmann 135

Chapter 8 Feminism as the New Natalism: Twenty-First-Century Prescriptions for Addressing Low Fertility Leonard Schoppa 157

Chapter 9 What Do Women Really Want? Designing Family Policies for All Women Catherine Hakim 177

Chapter 10 The Future of Fertility: Future Trends in Family Size among Low Fertility Populations Wolfgang Lutz Stuart Basten Erich Striessnig 205

Index 235

About the Editors and Contributors 249

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