Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, Ecotheology 11.3 September 2006

The Gender of Generations: Future Generations and the Social Maternal

Rachel Muers
Issued Date: 24 Feb 2007


This paper explores the usefulness of various aspects of recent feminist
thought on the ‘maternal subject’ for thinking about the ethical relation to
future generations. Much ethical literature on future generations is characterized
by an assumption that future generations are separate and distant
from the ‘present’ generation who make ethical decisions. I put forward
the idea of the ‘social maternal’ to challenge this assumption, and suggest
that this idea also has significant theological implications.

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DOI: 10.1558/ecot.2006.11.3.311


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