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Unsettling maternal futures in climate crisis: towards cohabitability?

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posted on 2023-05-21, 15:07 authored by Holmes, M, Natalier, KA, Carla Pascoe LeahyCarla Pascoe Leahy
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


Publication title

Families, Relationships and Societies






School of Social Sciences


Bristol University Press

Place of publication

United Kingdom

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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)

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Socio-economic Objectives

Social impacts of climate change and variability

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