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Diversity in family lifeGender, relationships and social change$
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Elisabetta Ruspini

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300939

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300939.001.0001

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Childfree women and men: living without children

Childfree women and men: living without children

(p.45) Chapter Two Childfree women and men: living without children
Diversity in family life

Elisabetta Ruspini

Policy Press

This chapter offers an overview of childfree adults, including: an exploration of what it means to be a childfree man or woman; a discussion of the increasing numbers of childfree adults and what we know about them; their feelings, motivations, and reasons for staying childfree. It also explores the experiences of women who decide not to have children in a culture in which motherhood is central to feminine identity.

Keywords:   Childfree women, childfree men, family diversity, family life, childlessness

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