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No kids, more life ? Du souci environnemental au sein des communautés childfree

Abstract : Based on an ethnographic analysis of childfree communities, and on the statistical treatment of internet posts, this article analyses the evolution of speech about childfreedom in the English-speaking world. For ten years now, environmental fears have progressively emerged as a main concern among the internet pages and groups that we studied. While childfree communities have been long divided between those who lament their infertility and those who defend a life without children, new “antinatalist” discourses have emerged that posit population reduction as a legitimate political aim and/or a valid ethical proposition. Seen as neither a curse nor an opportunity, the childfree life tends to be more frequently associated with an altruistic decision in the face of impending ecological disasters. By describing these discourses, and retracing their evolution and distribution, this article studies the emergence of new ethical concerns that defend childfree lives as an ecological choice and a new approach to population growth.
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Sébastien y. Roux, Julien Figeac. No kids, more life ? Du souci environnemental au sein des communautés childfree. Mots: les langages du politique, ENS Éditions (Lyon), 2022, 128, pp.151-175. ⟨10.4000/mots.29600⟩. ⟨halshs-03360607⟩



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