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Making a Good LifeAn Ethnography of Nature, Ethics, and Reproduction$
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Katharine Dow

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780691167480

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691167480.001.0001

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Ethical Labour

Ethical Labour

(p.55) 1 Ethical Labour
Making a Good Life

Katharine Dow

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines people's ideas about good parenting by focusing on how those who do not have children plan for parenthood by creating a stable environment for their future children. The people of Spey Bay shared the sense that future generations will inherit the environments that they create. This is encapsulated, in a practical sense, by their assumption that parental responsibility begins with planning and creating a “stable environment” for children to be born into. This chapter considers the plans for future parenthood of those staff members who did not have children, both of which can be seen as forms of ethical labor. It also analyzes the connection between career aspirations and planning for parenthood by tracing the relationship between the professional and parental ethics of the people with no children who live and work in Spey Bay. Finally, it discusses charity work alongside women's aspirations for future motherhood.

Keywords:   good parenting, parenthood, stable environment, Spey Bay, ethical labor, career aspirations, ethics, charity work, women, motherhood

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