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Maybe One: A Case for Smaller Families

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In Maybe One, Bill McKibben argues that the earth is becoming dangerously overcrowded, and that if more of us chose to have only one child, it would make a crucial difference toward insuring a healthy future for ourselves and our planet. But the environment alone may not persuade most people to consider having just one child, as eighty percent of Americans have siblings. Powerful stereotypes about only children--that they're spoiled, selfish, or maladjusted in some way--still persist. McKibben, the proud father of an only child himself, debunks these myths, citing research about the many emotional and intellectual strengths only children possess. Contrary to the old folk wisdom, only children are very much like everyone else; they are no more likely to be lonely, shy, or difficult to get along with than children with siblings. Only children also receive the benefits of more parental resources and time that are denied to kids with siblings: higher test scores and levels of achievement in school, and greater development of positive personality traits, like maturity and self-control. At once a powerful personal argument and an accessible exploration of what overpopulation could mean to human life, Maybe One is a provocative yet well-reasoned opening to what will be an important and lasting debate.

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Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-234) and index.

About the Author

Bill McKibben is the author of The End of Nature, and The Age of Missing Information. He is a frequent contributor to such publications as Outside, The New York Times, and The New York Review of Books, and a former staff writer at the New Yorker.

Table of Contents

Introduction

Part One: Famiy

Part Two: Species

Part Three: Nation

Part Four: Self

Acknowledgments

Notes

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780452280922
Subtitle:
A Case for Smaller Families
Author:
McKibben, Bill
Author:
McKibben, Bill
Publisher:
Plume
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Nature
Subject:
Parenting
Subject:
Family
Subject:
Sociology - Marriage & Family
Subject:
Human Geography
Subject:
Population
Subject:
Birth control
Subject:
Environmental degradation
Subject:
Family size
Subject:
Pregnancy & Childbirth - Family Planning
Subject:
Overpopulation
Subject:
Parenting - General
Subject:
General Social Science
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
106-27
Publication Date:
19990601
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
8.00x5.29x.71 in. .43 lbs.

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