Having children, with whom? Between families and anthropo-poiesis

  • Francesco Remotti Università di Torino


The analysis of the common expression “bear children” and the examination of some ethnographic cases allow the author to focus on the notion of “bearing”, not only as a biological process, but also as a cultural and social one. In particular, on the one hand it retrieves the concept of filiation and complementary filiation, on the other it makes use of the anthropo-poietic perspective. This perspective shows, above all, how many societies dwell on the difficult task of “bearing children”, a task which is entrusted, in the various ethnographic cases, not to the conjugal family of origin, but to mothers and fathers who are not the biological ones: a social sharing that can even involve one’s enemies.


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Remotti, Francesco. 2015. “Having Children, With Whom? Between Families and Anthropo-Poiesis”. Anuac 2 (2), 78-87. https://doi.org/10.7340/anuac2239-625X-103.