Ecofeminism As Politics

Author: Ariel Salleh
Editor: Zed Books
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This book explores the philosophical and political challenge of ecofeminism. It shows how the ecology movement has been held back by conceptual confusion over the implications of gender difference, while much that passes in the name of feminism is actually an obstacle to ecological change and global democracy. The author argues that ecofeminism reaches beyond contemporary social movements being a political synthesis of four revolutions in one: ecology is feminism is socialism is post-colonial struggle. Informed by a critical postmodern reading of the Marxist tradition, Salleh's ecofeminism integrates discourses on science, the body, culture, nature, political economy. The book opens with a short history of the ecofeminism. Part two establishes the basis for its epistemological challenge while the third part consists of ecofeminist deconstructions of deep ecology, social ecology, eco-socialism and postmodern feminism. In the final section, Salleh suggests that a powerful way forward can be found in commonalities between ecofeminist and indigenous struggles.

Ecofeminism As Politics

Author: Jacinta Kerin
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Implications Of Ecofeminism For Political Theory

Author: Stefanie Kessler
Editor: GRIN Verlag
ISBN: 3640182200
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Essay from the year 2008 in the subject Women Studies / Gender Studies, grade: A, University of Auckland, course: Political Theory of the Environment, 22 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Feminism and Environmentalism are both recent phenomens in political theory. They both challenge mainstream politics as movements and as critical concepts. Thus they have in common that they are in themselves political and question the establishment. As concepts they can be applied in political theory to a variation of ideologies and interrupt the political scene. Andrew Dobson and Robyn Eckersley argue that there is a rising interest of the mainstream in environmental thoughts as they can contribute to major political concepts like democracy, justice and others. Herein they see a parallel to feminist theory which has a major impact on a broad range of aspects in political theory (Dobson/Eckersley. 2006: 3). In ecofeminism both concepts merge together. Val Plumwood calls ecofeminism the 'hybrid area' „which aims at developing a feminism that is ecological and an ecology that is feminist“ (Plumwood. 2006: 51). Thus the question is how both concepts merge within ecofeminism and how they can contribute to each other and have a larger impact on political theory in general. As part of this essay I will examine the basic arguments of ecofeminism and its implications for both concepts as well as on political theory in general. I will begin with a definition of the major terms: environmentalism/ecologism, feminism and ecofeminism. [...]

Rethinking Ecofeminist Politics

Author: Janet Biehl
Editor: South End Press
ISBN: 9780896083912
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Biehl examines the contradictions of ecofeminism and argues that social ecology, and alternate framework, offers a more liberating program for men and women, as well as for our beleaguered biosphere.

Finding Our Way

Author: Janet Biehl
Editor: Black Rose Books Limited
ISBN: 9780921689782
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"A well-written, clear introduction to a range of ecofeminist thought."--Environmental Politics¶ "Provides a sorely needed perspective on the relationship between feminism and ecology. A must read for anyone wishing to explore the philosophical connections. "--New Politics

Ecological Politics

Author: Greta Gaard
Editor: Temple University Press
ISBN: 9781566395700
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In the 1980s, ecofeminism and the U.S. Green movement seemed to offer some of this country's most powerful and promising solutions to problems of social and environmental justice. A decade later, ecofeminism has become more a perspective than a movement, and divisions within the Greens have deepened as its national focus has shifted from issue-based politics to party building. Why have these movements faltered? A member of both movements, Greta Gaard bases her analysis on her personal experience as well as extensive secondary sources and interviews with key theorists, activists, and speakers across the United States. By allowing each movement's members to speak for themselves, she traces the separate origins and development of each movement, explains their connections, and reveals the light that each can cast upon the other and on the difficulties facing social action in general. Beginning with the ecofeminists, Gaard describes the paths -- environmental causes, the feminist peace movement, the feminist spirituality movement, the animal liberation movement, and the anti-toxics movements, as well as experiences of interconnectedness -- that have led women (and a few men) to articulate an ecofeminist perspective. Tracing the movement from the 1980s to the present, she defines its present strands as liberal ecofeminism, radical ecofeminism, socialist ecofeminism, and social ecofeminism. Gaard illustrates the development of the U.S. Greens from a national movement into a political party. She defines the various factions -- the Left Greens, the Youth Greens, and the Green Politics Network -- that influenced the movement's direction and underlay the debates during Ralph Nadar's 1996 presidential campaign. She shows how the history of these three groups can be seen as stages in the transition from a leftist and sometimes anarchist action that places the Green movement squarely within the pattern of other social movements around the world. Despite the significant influence that ecofeminists have had in shaping the Greens as a national movement, many have chosen to withdraw from the Greens. Gaard looks at the reasons for member disaffection and draws disturbing conclusions about the compatibility between liberal feminism and cultural ecofeminism and patriarchal politics. She also presents the divisions within the Greens as ongoing battles within the new left, the radical ecology movement, and various social justice movements. She focuses on three general areas -- conflicts over philosophy, conflicts over representation, and conflicts over strategy -- to make suggestions for how to bring about the kind of social transformation envisioned by both the Greens and the ecofeminists. Arguing that the Concord Principles represent a populist form of liberal democracy that fundamentally betrays both ecofeminism and Green philosophy, she uses the 1996 Nadar campaign as a departure point to developing an ecofeminist theory of radical democracy and to speculate on future directions for Green politics and for ecofeminism. Her analysis illuminates the nature and direction of each of these important movements and the pressures and conflicts experienced by all social movements at the end of the twentieth century.

Ecofeminist Natures

Author: Noel Sturgeon
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1317959019
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Examining the development of ecofeminism from the 1980s antimilitarist movement to an internationalist ecofeminism in the 1990s, Sturgeon explores the ecofeminist notions of gender, race, and nature. She moves from detailed historical investigations of important manifestations of US ecofeminism to a broad analysis of international environmental politics.

The Good Natured Feminist

Author: Catriona Sandilands
Editor: U of Minnesota Press
ISBN: 9780816630967
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Heroic mothers defending home and hearth against a nature deformed by multinationalist corporate practice: this may be a compelling story, but it is not necessarily the source of valid feminist or ecological critique. What's missing is the democratic element, an insistence on bringing to public debate all the relations of gender and nature that such a view takes for granted. This book aims to situate a commitment to theory and politics -- that is, to democratic practice -- at the center of ecofeminism and, thus, to move toward an ecofeminism that is truly both feminist and ecological. The Good-Natured Feminist inaugurates a sustained conversation between ecofeminism and recent writings in feminist postmodernism and radical democracy. Starting with the assumption that ecofeminism is a body of democratic theory, the book tells how the movement originated in debates about "nature" in North American radical feminisms, how it then became entangled with identity politics, and how it now seeks to include nature in democratic conversation and, especially, to politicize relations between gender and nature in both theoretical and activist milieus.

Cultivating Food Democracy

Author: Meredith Lindsey Kite
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ABSTRACT: This thesis proposes that there exists an opportunity for ecofeminism and the burgeoning international food movement to join together for their mutual benefit. The global food system is an important site of analysis for feminist scholars and one that can elucidate women's lived experiences in an increasingly globalized world. Even so, not many ecofeminists have examined food systems in their scholarship. Moreover, the limited ecofeminist work that has been done on food and agriculture happened mostly in the 1990s, before the food movement became as popular as it is today. Given the timeliness of the subject, ecofeminists would do well to revisit the food system. Because today's food movement has produced a large, interdisciplinary body of knowledge about the food system and has created a number of small but successful alternative systems, the movement can offer ecofeminists who are interested in exploring food a wealth of knowledge and experience. Rather than starting from scratch, ecofeminists can build off of work that has already been done. Conversely, there are gaps within this scholarship and activism that ecofeminism can work to close.

The Politics Of Nature

Author: Andrew Dobson
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 113480301X
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A balanced and comprehensive survey of current green political ideas - their varying responses to fundamental problems in political theory and their relationships with other ideological traditions.

Ecofeminism Feminist Intersections With Other Animals And The Earth

Author: Carol J. Adams
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 1628926228
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Leading feminist scholars and activists as well as new voices introduce and explore themes central to contemporary ecofeminism. Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth first offers an historical, grounding overview that situates ecofeminist theory and activism and provides a timeline for important publications and events. This is followed by contributions from leading theorists and activists on how our emotions and embodiment can and must inform our relationships with the more than human world. In the final section, the contributors explore the complexities of appreciating difference and the possibilities of living less violently. Throughout the book, the authors engage with intersections of gender and gender non-conformity, race, sexuality, disability, and species. The result is a new up-to-date resource for students and teachers of animal studies, environmental studies, feminist/gender studies, and practical ethics.

Rethinking Western Approaches To Ecofeminism

Author: Misty A. Cummings
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Abstract: This thesis interrogates how Western approaches to ecofeminism have been constructed. Western approaches to ecofeminism, primarily socialist and cultural ecofeminism, have largely been posed by analysts, such as Carolyn Merchant, as oppositional and mutually exclusive. I explore how socialist and cultural ecofeminist approaches have been posed as such around two particular areas of thought - essentialism/social constructionism and spirituality/politics. The problem with the way socialist and cultural ecofeminist approaches have been posed is that they assume essentialism and social constructionism and spirituality and politics are incompatible frameworks. Moreover, the two approaches do not account for how many ecofeminist analysts actually engage with these frameworks. I begin my argument by describing how socialist and cultural ecofeminist approaches have been posed as oppositional and mutually exclusive and explore some of the reasons why this is problematic. "Slippage" is a term that I use in order to describe how different ecofeminist analysts escape the either/or approach to essentialism and social constructionism and spirituality and politics that socialist and cultural ecofeminism have been constructed to adopt. I go on to look in depth at how Vandana Shiva, a Third World feminist, engages in such slippage in her use of both essentialism and social constructionism in Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development. I then look more "comprehensively" at the occurrence of slippage in ecofeminist texts by exploring how several Western ecofeminist authors have, similarly, interwoven spirituality with politics. I conclude that while the various conceptual approaches to ecofeminism can be useful to a certain extent that they must be engaged with carefully. Such engagement ought to occur with an awareness of how such approaches can function in a way that creates limitations for ecofeminist scholarship and ought to allow for the ability to draw on and/or interconnect ideas from multiple approaches to ecofeminism.

Chicano Culture Ecology Politics

Author: Devon Gerardo Pena
Editor: University of Arizona Press
ISBN: 0816518734
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Until recently, mainstream American environmentalism has been a predominantly white, middle-class movement, essentially ignoring the class, race, and gender dimensions of environmental politics. In this provocative collection of original essays, the environmental dimensions of the Chicana/o experience are explicitly expressed and debated. Employing a variety of genres ranging from poetry to autobiography to theoretical and empirical essays, the voices in this collection speak to the most significant issues of environmentalism and social justice, recognizing throughout the need for a pluralism of Chicana/o philosophies. The contributors provide an excellent basis for understanding how multiple Chicana/o views on the environment play out in the context of dominant social, political and economic views. Chicano Culture, Ecology, Politics examines a number of Chicana/o ecological perspectives. How can the ethics of reciprocity present in Chicana/o agropastoral life be protected and applied on a broader scale? How can the dominant society, whose economic structure is invested in "placeless mobility," take note of the harm caused to land-based cultures, take responsibility for it, and take heed before it is too late? Will the larger society be "ecologically housebroken" before it destroys its home? Grounded in actual political struggles waged by Chicana/o communities over issues of environmental destruction, cultural genocide, and socioeconomic domination, this volume provides an important series of snapshots of Chicana/o history. Chicano Culture, Ecology, Politics illuminates the bridges that existÑand must be understoodÑbetween race, ethnicity, class, gender, politics, and ecology. CONTENTS Part 1: IndoHispano Land Ethics Los Animalitos: Culture, Ecology, and the Politics of Place in the Upper RÁo Grande, Devon G. Pe–a Social Action Research, Bioregionalism, and the Upper R’o Grande, RubŽn O. Mart’nez Notes on (Home)Land Ethics: Ideas, Values, and the Land, Reyes Garc’a Part 2: Environmental History and Ecological Politics Ecological Legitimacy and Cultural Essentialism: Hispano Grazing in Northern New Mexico, Laura Pulido The Capitalist Tool, the Lawless, and the Violent: A Critique of Recent Southwestern Environmental History, Devon G. Pe–a and RubŽn O. Mart’nez Ecofeminism and Chicano Environmental Struggles: Bridges across Gender and Race, Gwyn Kirk Philosophy Meets Practice: A Critique of Ecofeminism through the Voices of Three Chicana Activists, Malia Davis Part 3: Alternatives to Destruction The Pasture Poacher (a poem), Joseph C. Gallegos Acequia Tales: Stories from a Chicano Centennial Farm, Joseph C. Gallegos A Gold Mine, an Orchard, and an Eleventh Commandment, Devon G. Pe–a

Beyond Mothering Earth

Author: Sherilyn Macgregor
Editor: UBC Press
ISBN: 0774840951
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In Beyond Mothering Earth, Sherilyn MacGregor argues that celebrations of "earthcare" as women's unique contribution to the search for sustainability often neglect to consider the importance of politics and citizenship in women's lives. Drawing on interviews with women who juggle private caring with civic engagement in quality-of-life concerns, she proposes an alternative: a project of feminist ecological citizenship that affirms the practice of citizenship as an intrinsically valuable activity while allowing foundational aspects of caring labour and natural processes to flourish. Beyond Mothering Earth provides an original and empirically grounded understanding of women's involvement in quality-of-life activism and an analysis of citizenship that makes an important contribution to contemporary discussions of green politics, globalization, neoliberalism, and democratic justice.

Ecological Feminism

Author: Karen Warren
Editor: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415072977
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Theories of ecological feminism see the patriarchal dominations of women and other social groups as parallel to man's exploitation of "nonhuman nature." Ecofeminists believe that environmental politics and philosophy are enriched by using gender as a focus, while also appreciating the necessity of an ecological dimension to any form of feminism. This ground-breaking book offers the first survey of ecofeminism from a purely philosophical point of view; it is concerned with the conceptual underpinnings of and argumentative support for ecofeminism. The contributors also use the approaches and methodologies of ethics, epistemology and metaphysics to examine ecology's link with the women's movement. There is not one view of ecofeminism, any more than there is one feminism; Karen Warren has emphasized the importance of acknowledging this, and a plurality of views are represented in her collection. The essays in this volume deal with a wide variety of subjects - the essential distinction between the "ecofeminist" and the "ecofeminine," the link between violence and environmental exploitation, feminism's relationship to animal rights and how well the ecofeminist stance stands up to comparison with theories of "Deep Ecology". Ecological Feminism shows that the potential for a full understanding of man's domination of both women and the natural world can only be achieved by acknowledging the inextricable links between the two; it is important reading for feminists, philosophers, and environmentalists alike.

Contemporary Environmental Politics

Author: Piers Stephens
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134222505
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This new collection from the leading journal, Environmental Politics, presents an excellent overview of the key themes found in contemporary green political thought since the early 1990s. Bringing together the journal's major work, this new book charts a fascinating period in which environmental politics developed from a marginal position in society and the academy, to its current place in the intellectual mainstream. Subdivided into clear sections on political theory, social movements, political economy and policy questions, and assisted by a contextualising introduction, this volume focuses on a set of clear themes: the character of green political theory relationships with other political traditions and theories origins and dynamics of contemporary environmental politics differences, similarities and tensions between the North and South the relationship of environmentalism to market economics and ecological modernization environmental aspects of distributive justice at the local, national and global levels the roles, value and valuing of nature in green theory and institutional practice. As a compilation, this book is unique. It delivers a snapshot of a variety of issues in the field, and is therefore ideally suited to teaching purposes, especially at postgraduate level. In addition, as each section is chronologically arranged, an evolution of related ideas can be clearly seen and appreciated, which builds an excellent understanding of the field of environmental politics

Feminist Interventions In Ethics And Politics

Author: Barbara S. Andrew
Editor: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
ISBN: 0742579913
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This collection breaks new ground in four key areas of feminist social thought: the sex/gender debates; challenges to liberalism/equality; feminist ethics; and feminist perspectives on global ethics and politics in the 21st century. Altogether, the essays provide an innovative look at feminist philosophy while making substantive contributions to current debates in gender theory, ethics, and political thought.

Ecofeminist Natures

Author: Noël Sturgeon
Editor: Psychology Press
ISBN: 9780415912495
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Ecofeminist Natures is the first book-length historical treatment of ecofeminism as a social movement - from its development in the 1980's as an antimilitarist movement to an internationalist ecofeminism in the 1990's.

Political Ecology

Author: David Bell
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1134670923
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Political Ecology addresses environmental issues which Innis was concerned with, from a contemporary, political economy perspective. They explore a wide range of themes and issues including: * sustainability * risk and regulation * population growth * planetary management * impact of humanity on environment * role of technology and communication. Case studies provide further insight into issues such as industrial racism, women and development and collective action by highlighting ethical and political questions and providing critical insights into the issues and debates in political ecology.

Mapping Women Making Politics

Author: Lynn Staeheli
Editor: Routledge
ISBN: 1135952507
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Mapping Women, Making Politics demonstrates the multiple ways in which gender influences political processes and the politics of space. The book begins by addressing feminism's theoretical and conceptual challenges to traditional political geography and than applies these perspectives to a range of settings and topics including nationalism, migration, development, international relations, elections, social movements, governance and the environment in the Global North and South.