The End of Children?

Changing Trends in Childbearing and Childhood

Edited by Nathanael Lauster and Graham Allan

  • Published: 2011. Paperback 2012
  • Subject Listing: Health
  • Bibliographic information: 208 pp., 14 graphs, 6 x 9 in.
  • Territorial rights: US rights only
  • Distributed for: UBC Press
  • Contents

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.
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.

"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
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

9 Pathologizing Childhood / Anita Ilta

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

List of Contributors