Martens, LD (2016) From intergenerational transmission to intra-active ethical-generational becoming: Children, parents, crabs and the activity of rockpooling. Families, Relationships and Societies, 5 (3). pp. 447-462. ISSN 2046-7443

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Global climate change poses challenging questions for how human beings should be living their lives in a more-than-human world. These questions are complex and multifaceted, and thus demand actions across a broad range of social and political fronts. This article engages with a sub-question of this broader concern, namely, how more-than-human ethics of care are learned in family life, and the insights this provides for the performance of the generational familial categories of child and parent. It draws on ethnographic research, funded by the British Academy, in which I researched the embodied and moral engagements of children and their families in activities on the seaside in North Scotland. Drawing on Barad's agential realism (2003, 2007), I focus on the activity of rockpooling and analyse a particular rockpooling event with the Crab Fisher family, in order to comprehend this family's intra-actions with the tide, with crabs and with animal death. I draw out the saliences of the analysis for what it means to care in a more-than-human world, for the question of ethical-generational becoming, and for the multifaceted quality of learning.

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Additional Information: © 2016 Policy Press. This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Families, Relationships and Socieites. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Martens, L. (2016). From intergenerational transmission to intra-active ethical-generational becoming: Children, parents, crabs and rockpooling. Families, Relationships and Societies. Available at
Uncontrolled Keywords: crabs, embodied care, ethical-generational becoming, intra-activity, rockpooling
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Criminology and Sociology
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 07 Sep 2016 10:03
Last Modified: 05 Apr 2019 10:50

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