How to be childless : a history and philosophy of life without children / Rachel Chrastil.

  • Chrastil, Rachel
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"In How to Be Childless: A History and Philosophy of Life Without Children, Rachel Chrastil explores the long and fascinating history of childlessness, putting this often-overlooked legacy in conversation with the issues that childless women and men face in the twenty-first century. Eschewing two dominant narratives, that the childless are either barren and alone, or that they are carefree and selfish, How to Be Childless instead argues that the lives of childless individuals from the past can help all of us expand our range of possibilities for the good life. In uncovering the voices and experiences of childless women from the past five hundred years, Chrastil demonstrates that the pathways to childlessness, so often simplified as 'choice' and 'circumstance', are far more complex and interweaving."--Book jacket.


New York, NY : Oxford University Press, [2020]

Physical description

x, 233 pages : black and white illustrations ; 25 cm


Introduction : How to talk about childlessness -- Delay -- Whispers -- Interlude: the baby boom -- Shouts -- Flourishing -- Regret -- Home and hearth -- A better world -- Old and alone -- Legacy -- Notes -- Index.

Bibliographic information

Includes bibliographical references and index.


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  • 9780190918620
  • 0190918624