Hardly any other event in human life is so closely associated with role attributions and physicality - but what does having children mean beyond romantic notions of delivery room happiness and family? Technical and social developments are turning the constructions of our togetherness upside down; the human body, as a sexual and reproductive unit, is being redefined.
But at the same time, old patterns continue to have an effect: unintentionally pregnant women are still under massive pressure, parents, especially mothers, are thrown back on role models they thought they had overcome long ago when pregnancy begins. Again and again, the same questions arise: What is "normal", what is okay? And what power does the gaze of others have? What does it mean to lose a child, and what if no one understands one's own grief? How to deal with a neoliberal world of work in which parenthood is not provided for? How much space does society offer disabled people who want to have children? What does migration, what does racism do to the relationship between parent and child? Do we as a society cater too much to children - or too little?
26 essayistic accounts of experiences throw light on current issues around reproduction and family and provide important food for thought on this central topic of our society.
Barbara Peveling, born in 1974, is an author and anthropologist. She has published two novels, "Glückspilze" (Nagel und Kimche 2009) and "Rachid" (Goldegg 2017). She received the Manfred Görg Prize for her doctoral thesis in 2015. She has three children and lives in Paris.
Nikola Richter, born in 1976, has published short stories and poetry and worked as a playwright. In 2013 she founded the independent publishing house mikrotext. She lives in Berlin.
-Publisher : Edition Nautilus GmbH; Original publication Edition (25 January 2021).
-Language : German
-Brochure : 352 pages
-ISBN-10 : 3960542534
-ISBN-13 : 978-3960542537
-Dimensions : 12.4 x 3 x 20.4 cm