Beyond Nature's Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History
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Beyond Nature's Housekeepers: American Women in Environmental History

by Nancy C. Unger
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0199735077

ISBN-13: 9780199735075

Pub. Date: 10/28/2012

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

From pre-Columbian times to the environmental justice movements of the present, women and men frequently responded to the environment and environmental issues in profoundly different ways. Although both environmental history and women's history are flourishing fields, explorations of the synergy produced by the interplay between environment and sex, sexuality, and

Overview

From pre-Columbian times to the environmental justice movements of the present, women and men frequently responded to the environment and environmental issues in profoundly different ways. Although both environmental history and women's history are flourishing fields, explorations of the synergy produced by the interplay between environment and sex, sexuality, and gender are just beginning. Offering more than biographies of great women in environmental history, Beyond Nature's Housekeepers examines the intersections that shaped women's unique environmental concerns and activism and that framed the way the larger culture responded. Women featured include Native Americans, colonists, enslaved field workers, pioneers, homemakers, municipal housekeepers, immigrants, hunters, nature writers, soil conservationists, scientists, migrant laborers, nuclear protestors, and environmental justice activists. As women, they fared, thought, and acted in ways complicated by social, political, and economic norms, as well as issues of sexuality and childbearing. Nancy C. Unger reveals how women have played a unique role, for better and sometimes for worse, in the shaping of the American environment.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199735075
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/28/2012
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction: Sex, Sexuality, and Gender as Useful Category of Analysis in Environmental History
1. Gendered Changes to the Land in Pre-Columbian and Colonial America
2. The North and the South from Revolution to Civil War
3. The Frontier Environment as Test of Prescribed Gender Spheres
4. "Nature's Housekeepers": Progressive-Era Women as Midwives to the Conservation Movement and Environmental Consciousness
5. Reasserting Female Authority: Women and the Environment from the 1920s through World War II
6. Middle Class White Women in the Cold War
7. Women's Alternative Environments: Fostering Gender Identity by Striving to Remake the World
8. The Modern Environmental Justice Movement
Epilogue: Women, Gender, and the Environment in the 21st Century
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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