Birth and Death: Experience, Ethics, Politics

Woodward, Kath and Woodward, Sophie (2019). Birth and Death: Experience, Ethics, Politics. London: Routledge.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351212632

Abstract

Although usually conceived as opposite ends of the life course, with birth as a beginning and death as the ending, but this book develops a relational, dialogic approach n bringing them into conversation, in order to argue that both are part of living and crucial to being in the world and making sense of life. Using a cross generational, interdisciplinary approach we explore the connections and disconnections between birth and death and between the perosnal and the political and the public, the actual adn the virtual, the ordinary and the spectacular, and profound. Coming into the world and giving birth shares much with the end of life as inevitable aspects of life which we nonetheless endeavour to control. We look at different dimensions of human and non human experience and provide compex explorations of experience which have implications for policies and practices.

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