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Unsettling maternal futures in climate crisis: towards cohabitability?


Holmes, M and Natalier, KA and Pascoe Leahy, C, Unsettling maternal futures in climate crisis: towards cohabitability?, Families, Relationships and Societies pp. 1-17. ISSN 2046-7435 (2022) [Refereed Article]

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2022 Policy Press. Open Access This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial 4.0 International (CC BY-NC 4.0)

DOI: doi:10.1332/204674321X16621119776374


In this article, we explore the emotionally reflexive processes by which some women build maternal futures in the unsettling context of climate change, aiming to contribute to a better understanding of reproductive (and other) future building as aided by emotions. We analyse the online testimonies of an organisation that raises awareness about the interrelationship between climate change and reproductive decision making. The findings illustrate how women's consideration of possible futures is relational, guided by their feelings and what they know or imagine to be the feelings of their families, the wider society and future generations. This is important for interrogating how climate change might unsettle dominant maternal and familial practices but extend understandings of connection. We position cohabitability as a possible foundation for reproductive decision making but find this possibility unfulfilled. Rather, maternal future building more commonly reinforces individualised and gendered responsibility for the planet's future

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Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:history, sociology, US, reproduction, climate change
Research Division:Human Society
Research Group:Gender studies
Research Field:Women's studies (incl. girls' studies)
Objective Division:Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Natural Hazards
Objective Group:Adaptation to climate change
Objective Field:Social impacts of climate change and variability
UTAS Author:Natalier, KA (Dr Kristin Natalier)
UTAS Author:Pascoe Leahy, C (Dr Carla Pascoe Leahy)
ID Code:154376
Year Published:2022
Deposited By:History and Classics
Deposited On:2022-11-27
Last Modified:2023-01-17
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