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Barren in the Promised Land

Childless Americans and the Pursuit of Happiness

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$31.00 • £26.95 • €28.95

ISBN 9780674061828

Publication Date: 04/25/1997


336 pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

6 halftones; 1 line illustration


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  • Preface
  • Introduction: The Public and Private Stake in Reproduction
  • Barren to Infertile: Childlessness Before the Twentieth Century
  • The “Race Suicide” Panic: Eugenics and the Pressure to Procreate
  • Unfit for Parenthood: Class, Race, and Compulsory Sterilization
  • The Baby Craze: The Rise of Compulsory Parenthood
  • Infertility: Freud in the Bedroom, Sex at the Clinic
  • Childfree: The Revolt Against the Baby Boom
  • Designer Genes: The Baby Quest and the Reproductive Fix
  • Appendix: A Note on the Sample of Letters
  • Notes
  • Index

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