This book contains a huge development of my thinking since first exploring this back in 2013, there is new material, an extensive historical background chapter, more exploration of an ecology of birth and Kairos time. See contents and synopsis below. The forward is by Professor Liz Smythe. The initial publication is in a few weeks (Sept 2019) will be in hardback and e- versions with a follow up paperback version in 2021. Enjoy.
As Christmas arrives, a time of reflection for many on a holy birth, I ponder the way we as society attune at birth today. All human experiences are culturally and historically determined, including birth. Birth as with all other human experience and understanding is contextual. As Gadamer contends we are viewing and knowing the world from an inescapable effective historical consciousness. We are in a way continually walking into our past. I argue like others that birth is not purely physiological but enmeshed in its own unique context. Therefore to explore any phenomenon at birth is at once to address all of birth, past and present which at the same time is connected to future possibilities. There are constant hints from history that gesture towards birth as significant fusing with contemporary horizons of understanding and possible futures. That is to say that how we tune into, tune in or attune at birth reveals how birth is understood.