The End of Children?

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

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This volume will be of interest to students, researchers, policy makers, and practitioners from a range of disciplines, from population health and child welfare to history, demography, and policy studies.
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  • Paperback | 212 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 15.24mm | 320g
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • English
  • 14 graphs and 3 tables
  • 0774821930
  • 9780774821933

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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 to a lesser extent 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.
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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: 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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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 "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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About Nathanael Lauster

Nathanael Lauster is an assistant professor of sociology at the University of British Columbia. Graham Allan is professor emeritus of sociology at Keele University in the United Kingdom.

Contributors: Graham Allan, Anita Ilta Garey, Mona Gleason, 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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