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Oh No, We Forgot To Have Children! : How declining birth rates are reshaping our society - Deirdre Macken

Oh No, We Forgot To Have Children!

How declining birth rates are reshaping our society

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It is said it takes a village to raise a child - but what if the village has no children? ..Who would have thought that what we feared most the looming population explosion would suddenly become a case of population erosion? Today much of the developed world is failing to reproduce itself, and some countries are beginning to prefer it that way...In the 21st century, as fertility issues step out of the bedroom and take centre stage in the political arena, we are faced with a crucial challenge, how can we put children back on the agenda without sacrificing all the freedoms that women have gained? ..The story of the childless generation is largely one about women and, in particular, all the things that have impacted on women's decision to become mothers - be it the advent the Pill in the 60s, the reshaping of feminism in the 70s, or the myriad of economic opportunities, rampant capitalism, environmentalism, materialism, biological advances, media culture and the changing shape of family. Hell, in light of all that it's surprising we're having kids at all!..As we head towards a world where there will be fewer brothers or sisters; two workers for every retired person and, for the first time in human history, more old people than young, Deirdre Macken offers a new way of talking about children...Oh No, We Forgot to Have Children is an open, honest and unashamedly positive exploration of what can and must be done in the workplace, in the home and by governments and how women and men need to view their options so that we can start to redress not just the demographic balance but balance in our lives.

Acknowledgments..Introduction..1 The future is the past..2 The bionic woman..3 Ideology's orphan..4 Capitalism's child..5 Home alone..6 Carefree singles and careless parents..7 Children: All work, no play..8 Myths, lies and masks..9 No dogs, no children..10 The lie of the land..11 Knitting bootees for the country..Notes

ISBN: 9781741153637
ISBN-10: 1741153638
Format: PDF
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st March 2005
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Edition Number: 1