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The End of Children?

Changing Trends in Childbearing and Childhood

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

The End of Children?

Changing Trends in Childbearing and Childhood

Concerns about declining fertility rates are matched only by fears that childhood is being destroyed by modern parenting practices. This multidisciplinary volume offers a more balanced, less alarmist perspective on the meanings and implications of these issues. Contrary to predictions about the end of children and the end of childhood, these investigations of developments in Canada and the United States, and elsewhere in the world, show that fertility rates and ideas about children and childhood are not uniform but rather vary around the globe based on factors such as time, culture, class, income, and age.


212 pages


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: Immigration as a Source of Fertility and the Assumptions of Assimilation / Nathanael Lauster, Todd F. Martin, and James M. White

3 Using Infertility, Useful Fertility: Cultural Imperatives on the Value of Children in the United States / Rebecca L. Upton

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

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

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

7 The Disappearance of Parents from Children’s Lives: The Cumulative Effects of Child Care, Child Custody, and Child Welfare Policies in Canada / Edward Kruk

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

9 Pathologizing Childhood / Anita Ilta Garey

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

Index

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