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Book review: why have children?: getting to grips with the ethical debate

Lupton, Deborah (2012) Book review: why have children?: getting to grips with the ethical debate. LSE Review of Books (20 Aug 2012). Website.

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In contemporary Western society, people are more often called upon to justify the choice not to have children than they are to supply reasons for having them. In this book, Christine Overall maintains that the burden of proof should be reversed: that the choice to have children calls for more careful justification and reasoning than the choice not to. Arguing that the choice to have children is not just a prudential or pragmatic decision but one with ethical repercussions, Overall offers a wide-ranging exploration of how we might think systematically and deeply about this fundamental aspect of human life. Reviewed by Deborah Lupton. Why Have Children? The Ethical Debate. Christine Overall. MIT Press. January 2012.

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Additional Information: © 2012 The Author; Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Sets: Collections > LSE Review of Books
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2012 12:00
Last Modified: 10 Sep 2020 23:08

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