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    ISBN: 9780415810913
    Language: English
    Pages: Online-Ressource (201 p)
    Edition: Online-Ausg. 2013 Electronic reproduction; Available via World Wide Web
    Series Statement: Routledge / ESA Studies in European Societies
    Series Statement: Studies in European Sociology Ser
    Parallel Title: Print version The Social Meaning of Children and Fertility Change in Europe
    DDC: 305.23094
    Keywords: Children - Europe ; Electronic books ; Electronic books
    Abstract: Low fertility in Europe has given rise to the notion of a 'fertility crisis'. This book shifts the attention from fertility decline to why people do have children, asking what children mean to them. It investigates what role children play in how young adults plan their lives, and why and how young adults make the choices they do. The book aims to expand our comprehension of the complex structures and cultures that influence reproductive choice, and explores three key aspects of fertility choices:the processes towards having (or not having) children, and how
    Description / Table of Contents: Cover; Title; Copyright; Contents; List of illustrations; Notes on contributors; 1 The social meaning of children and fertility change; 2 The politics of parenting: the meaning of children, the meaning of work; 3 Economic risk, fertility and the welfare state: understanding individual rationales; 4 Flexible work: implications for the social meaning of children; 5 Patterns of partnership and parenthood: experiences, approaches and readiness towards commitment and creating a family
    Description / Table of Contents: 6 The cultural ideal of the joint decision: illuminating values of individuality and relationality of the child choice7 The non-modern child? Ambivalence about parenthood among young adults; 8 Rising fertility, fewer fathers: crossroads of networks, gender and class; 9 Changing fertility behaviour across two generations: the role of gender and class; 10 From mothers to daughters: intergenerational transmission of fertility norms; 11 The social meaning of children embedded in institutions and personal relations; Index
    Note: Description based upon print version of record , Electronic reproduction; Available via World Wide Web
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