Voluntarily Childless: Identity and Kinship in the United States
Voluntarily Childfree: Identity and Kinship in the United States discusses what it means to make a life worth living without traditional parenthood. Themes include authenticity and autonomy, partnership and support, fulfillment of the need to nurture, freedom of choice, and a desire to leave the world a better place than we found it. Despite the stigmas of selfishness and solitude, the voices in Voluntarily Childfree speak poignantly of their commitment to a different type of family that includes romantic partners, friends, pets, and future generations through mentorship and leadership opportunities. At its core, the human desire to connect and be heard remains, regardless of the decision to reproduce or not. This book is recommended for students and scholars of anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, and psychology.
Rowman & Littlefield
social science, anthropology, cultural
Volsche, Shelly. (2019). Voluntarily Childfree: Identity and Kinship in the United States (Anthropology of Kinship and the Family series). Rowman & Littlefield.