Declining Fertility, Television and the (Mis)representation of Motherhood

Stuart Basten

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    Television and celebrity are ubiquitous in the industrial world and, increasingly, in the developing world. Making the connection between television and childbearing preferences may seem a leap of faith, but recent studies are increasingly finding links (Basten 2010). This chapter briefly outlines the relationship between television and fertility in the developing world, then presents some recent research and thoughts on television in lower fertility settings to suggest how television could influence childbearing decisions. The over-arching message is that this relationship is woefully under-researched, especially given the ubiquitous nature of television and celebrity in the modern world.

    Original languageBritish English
    Title of host publicationPalgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
    Number of pages18
    StatePublished - 2013

    Publication series

    NamePalgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life
    ISSN (Print)2731-6440
    ISSN (Electronic)2731-6459


    • Childbearing Intention
    • Danish National Birth Cohort
    • Family Planning
    • Family Size
    • Soap Opera


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