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Never after? Queer temporalities and the politics of non-reproduction

Never after? Queer temporalities and the politics of non-reproduction
Never after? Queer temporalities and the politics of non-reproduction
What kind of family is evoked by the label ‘family geographies’ and who might be excluded from this conceptual frame? Drawing upon literature from feminist and queer geographies, this paper examines the lives of those who exist outside of normative notions of ‘the family’. Data comes from biographical narrative interviews, conducted in Britain, with those who are both single and childfree. The paper outlines the potential queerness of a 'non-reproductive' life, exploring the alternative temporalities and spatialities this produces. In what ways does the non-reproductive challenge normative ideals of the way a life should unfold? How do 'procreational norms' shape the landscape? By answering such questions, the paper contributes an empirically grounded reflection on the queer potentialities of non-reproduction, challenging certain queer theorizations that equate non-reproduction with anti-futurity. Ultimately the paper argues that an exploration of the non-reproductive may help reform our understandings of the geographies of intimacy, care and relatedness.
0966-369X
Wilkinson, Eleanor
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Wilkinson, Eleanor
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Wilkinson, Eleanor (2019) Never after? Queer temporalities and the politics of non-reproduction. Gender, Place & Culture. (doi:10.1080/0966369X.2019.1598941).

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What kind of family is evoked by the label ‘family geographies’ and who might be excluded from this conceptual frame? Drawing upon literature from feminist and queer geographies, this paper examines the lives of those who exist outside of normative notions of ‘the family’. Data comes from biographical narrative interviews, conducted in Britain, with those who are both single and childfree. The paper outlines the potential queerness of a 'non-reproductive' life, exploring the alternative temporalities and spatialities this produces. In what ways does the non-reproductive challenge normative ideals of the way a life should unfold? How do 'procreational norms' shape the landscape? By answering such questions, the paper contributes an empirically grounded reflection on the queer potentialities of non-reproduction, challenging certain queer theorizations that equate non-reproduction with anti-futurity. Ultimately the paper argues that an exploration of the non-reproductive may help reform our understandings of the geographies of intimacy, care and relatedness.

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Accepted/In Press date: 28 January 2019
e-pub ahead of print date: 10 July 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 428412
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/428412
ISSN: 0966-369X
PURE UUID: 69fce4b7-d807-43f2-a2b7-33142b13cad2

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Date deposited: 22 Feb 2019 17:30
Last modified: 10 Jul 2020 04:01

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