Single Studies: Global Dimensions & Interdisciplinary Discourse

June 18, 2024
Hosted by Christine Erickson

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The emergence of Single Studies as a discipline is both a welcome advancement in education and research and an acknowledgment of the millions of circumstantially single people and those who are single by choice. The ever-present and growing demographic of single people has long been subjected to a lack of understanding and pronatalist-driven, status-quo social stigmatization and discrimination through exclusion from equal rights and public policy considerations. This has led to inequitable and adverse social, economic, and political outcomes and unmeasured impact on single people. Joining the show today to discuss these matters and more, are Dr. Geoff MacDonald, Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Waterloo, and Dr. Elyakim, senior lecturer in the School of Public Policy and Governance at the Hebrew University, specializing in relationships, technology, loneliness, and singles studies. We will also share details of the 3rd International Singles Studies Conference, which will be held in person in Boston and virtually via Zoom on July 5, 2024, which they co-chair with Dr. Ketaki Chowkhani. Tune in to this in-depth conversation to learn more about the work of Dr. MacDonald and Dr. Kislev, and the upcoming conference!

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New Legacy Radio is a social justice platform about people without children. This space is intended to bring visibility and change to our experiences, to connect with our allies and anyone committed to learning more from our community, which is reaching an estimated one-third of the global population. The show addresses the social, systemic, and structural realities perpetuated by reproductive and relational identity bias. We discuss the impact of pronatalist behavior and policies, through the perspectives of our community and allies, as we work to achieve meaningful change that recognizes the truly diverse, intersectional continuum of our experiences. New Legacy Radio is brought to you by New Legacy Institute (NLI), which is policy institute, focused on the global culture and impact of pronatalism. The Institute’s social justice advocacy serves the growing, global community of people without children. NLI’s mission is to generate constructive change in cultural, organizational, and institutional policies that exhibit biases against people without children.

Christine Erickson

Christine Erickson (she/her) is the founder of New Legacy Institute. The Institute’s purpose is to advocate for change around social realities and policy inequities faced by those who do not have children. Christine is involuntarily childless by circumstance (cxc), and touched on her experiences in her award-winning book, The Mother Within: A Guide to Accepting Your Childless Journey. (2015) A revised edition is forthcoming. Her current writing focuses on the unacknowledged impact of women who are childless/childfree due to circumstances. Christine is dedicated to advancing the diverse narratives and experiences of people without children. She is a staunch advocate of our community’s equitable inclusion and belonging in the workplace, media & entertainment narratives, and making visible the ways in which our community is impacted by culture and policy, and the change we seek. As an executive and entrepreneur, she has lived and worked globally, for the majority of her career. She is an experienced executive coach, leadership educator, and the founder of the Center for Consent-Driven Leadership. She is writing a forthcoming book: Consent-Driven: Rethinking the Culture of Leadership. Christine is an advocate for justice reform in family law and court procedures, involuntary pro se representation, and multifaceted accountability regarding violence against women. She has also consulted on international women’s law and development, gender equity and healthcare access initiatives.

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June 2024

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