Childlessness in the Age of Communication: Deconstructing Silence

1st Edition

Cristina Archetti

April 13, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 264 Pages - 15 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367409944 - CAT# 330657
Series: Routledge Studies in the Sociology of Health and Illness

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Cristina Archetti started researching childlessness after being diagnosed with "unexplained infertility". She soon discovered that, although involuntary childlessness affects an increasing number of women and men across the world, this topic is shrouded taboo and shame. This book is both a readable analysis of the way the silence surrounding this issue is socially and politically constructed and a first-person ethnographic account of the existential questions posed by involuntary childlessness.

By revealing the invisible mechanisms that, from the microscopic details of everyday life to policy, make up the structure of silence around childlessness, Archetti demonstrates what it means not to have children in a world that increasingly fetishizes parenthood. Through a prose that mixes analysis, excerpts of interviews, media fragments, and evocative writing, she develops a new language of feeling-in-the-body fit for the twenty-first century and exposes the devastating effects that infertility has on relationships, identity, health and well-being.

Childlessness in the Age of Communication draws on a range of disciplines and fields including sociology, health, gender and sexuality studies, communication, media studies, politics and anthropology. It is a book for all those interested in childlessness and innovative qualitative research methodologies.



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