Kimya N. Dennis, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Criminal Studies at Salem College, is conducting research on the experiences of childfree Black women. The following are minimum requirements for participation: 1. Twenty-three years of age or older. 2. Identifies as a woman who is Black, African-American, or of the more immediate African diaspora. 3. Has made […]
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“Choosing to be Childfree: Research on the Decision Not to Parent,” in Sociology Compass. A review of literature featuring studies of the voluntarily childless. Identifies three main trends in studies of the childfree: 1) A focus on the pathways that adults take toward becoming childfree; 2) Studies that examine the unfounded stereotype that the childfree […]
Presented at the 2012 meeting of the American Sociological Association. To date, much of the research on adults without children has either focused exclusively on women or has utilized a childless as opposed to a childfree framework, thus emphasizing an absence rather than the presence of a conscious decision not to have children. In this […]
Presented at the 2012 meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. Based on interviews with 31 childfree adults (21 women, 10 men), in this paper I examine childfree people’s relationships with children. Specifically, I analyze the stories childfree people tell about the roles of children in their own lives, in the lives of others, and in […]
“Mom Gene Discovered in Mice: Do you have it?” on Today Moms. Amy is quoted discussing the sociological implications of the discovery of a possible “mom gene” in mice.
A poster presented at the 2010 meeting of the National Council on Family Relations. Cultural norms centered on heteronormative binaries of gender (male/female), sexuality (heterosexual/homosexual), and family (biological/chosen) prescribe that adults couple with/marry individuals of the other sex AND that they rear children together. Thus choosing to remain childfree could be viewed as a form […]
A team of researchers conducting a multi-national project on people who choose not to have children wants YOU to participate in their survey! Interested? Check it out: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/2SFS7MD. For more on their work, see http://thechildfreechoice.wordpress.com/.
Presented at the 2010 meeting of the Eastern Sociological Society. Based on interviews with 29 childfree adults (19 women, 10 men), in this paper I examine how the childfree simultaneously resist and reify gender norms. Specifically, I raise a macro-level concern that has not been explicitly considered in previous studies of the childfree: that the […]