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Multispecies Childcare: Child Veganism and the Reimagining of Health, Reproduction, and Gender in Switzerland

Abstract

Influenced by nutritional science, feeding children is generally thought of in terms of children’s health and well-being. Here, I ask whether child veganism, with its focus on animal welfare and environmental concerns, challenges this model. Drawing from reproductive studies, I focus on Swiss vegan parents’ ideas about food to illuminate a “multispecies,” less anthropocentric form of childcare. While their ethic opens up new perspectives on health and childcare, I discuss how “sustainable” reproductive practices can also solidify gender stereotypes and modes of ordering species.

Keywords

  • Switzerland
  • health
  • nutrition
  • parenting
  • reproductive imaginaries
  • veganism

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Publisher:

Taylor & Francis, Medical Anthropology. Cross-Cultural Studies in Health and Illness, Volume 42, 2023 - Issue 6

Languages:

English

Media Type:

PDF

City:

London

Year:

2023

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Research labels:

Childhood – adolescence
Care
Nutrition
Health – medicine
Reproduction – childbearing
Family – parenthood – kinship

Subjects:

Gender Studies, Social Anthropology

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