Anticipation and the Mother-Multiple

  • Roxana Moroşanu
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Anthropology of Sustainability book series (PSAS)


Here, the temporal modality of anticipation is introduced and discussed in relation to the concept of Mother-Multiple. As a mode of being that any family member can access when engaged in activities of caring oriented towards one’s “domestic others”—family members, pets, or the home itself as an entity—the Mother-Multiple ontological position is analytically situated in relation to literature on ontological multiplicity and a discussion of individuality and dividuality in personhood. The ways in which anticipation is employed in enactments of the Mother-Multiple, the techniques of imagination that anticipation entails, as well as the possible effects of activities of anticipation on domestic energy consumption are considered.


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