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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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Future Generations

Future Generations

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Making a Good Life

Katharine Dow

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how conceptions of the environment and the state of the natural world are implicated in people's ideas about parenthood, fertility, and future generations. It carries the theme of the stable environment out into the wider world by considering what it means to care about stabilizing the natural environment in the interest of future generations. It also discusses the importance of reproduction—in humans and other parts of the natural world—in caring for the environment and working to prevent climate change. The chapter analyzes the concerns that the people of Spey Bay had about humans putting ourselves at risk of endangerment by destroying our natural environments and becoming overreliant on technology to create children. Finally, it looks at the salience of nature and naturalness to how people in Spey Bay think about reproduction, ethics, the future, and the environment.

Keywords:   natural world, parenthood, future generations, stable environment, reproduction, climate change, Spey Bay, nature, ethics

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