Earthcare: Women and the Environment / Edition 1

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Written by one of the leading thinkers in environmentalism, Earthcare brings together Merchant's existing work on the topic of women and the environment as well as updated and new essays. Earthcare looks at age-old historical associations of women with nature, beginning with Eve and continuing through to environmental activists of today, women's commitment to environmental conservation, and the problematic assumptions of women as caregivers and men as dominating nature.

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Virginia Scharff has used the word "embryonic" to describe the field of women's environmental history "Are Earth Girls Easy? Ecofeminism, Women's History and Environmental History," Journal of Women's History, Summer 1995. According to Scharff, the melding of gender analysis and environmental history was "singlehandedly" brought to the forefront of women's studies by historian Merchant in her "pathbreaking" work, The Death of Nature: Ecology and the Scientific Revolution Harper & Row, 1980. In this work, Merchant continues her exploration of the "association of women with nature in Western culture and their roles in the contemporary environmental movement." Earthcare is a blend of some of Merchant's previously published work with the addition of several new essays; it begins with the myth and association of nature as female Gaia and fallen from grace Eve. The greatest strength of Earthcare is its recounting of women's environmental history during the last 100 years. Highly recommended for academic women's studies and environmental history collections.Susan Maret, Univ. of Colorado Lib., Denver
Tells of life in the northeast Florida frontier country in the early decades of this century, based on the recollections of Hughie and Oleta Oesterreicher. They recount their childhoods, courtship, early years of marriage, and their struggles during the Depression. No index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415908887
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/6/1995
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.64 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations and Tables
Introduction: Women and the Environment
1 Gaia: Ecofeminism and the Earth 3
2 Eve: Nature and Narrative 27
3 Isis: Women and Science 57
4 The Death of Nature: Women and Ecology in the Scientific Revolution 75
5 From Corn Mothers to Moral Mothers: Changing Forms of Earthcare in New England 91
6 Preserving the Earth: Women and the Progressive Conservation Crusade 109
7 Earthcare: Women and the American Environmental Movement 139
8 Peace with the Earth: Women and the Swedish Environment. With Abby Peterson 167
9 The Ecological Self: Women and the Environment in Australia 185
Conclusion. Partnership Ethics: Earthcare for a New Millennium 209
Notes 225
Index 269
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