Ecofeminism: Women, Animals, Nature / Edition 1

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Overview

Drawing on the insights of ecology, feminism, and socialism, ecofeminism's basic premise is that the ideology that authorizes oppression based on race, class, gender, sexuality, physical abilities, and species is the same ideology that sanctions the oppression of nature. In this collection of essays, feminist scholars and activists discuss the relationships among human begins, the natural environment, and nonhuman animals. They reject the nature/culture dualism of patriarchal thought and locate animals and humans within nature. The goal of these twelve articles is to contribute to the evolving dialogue among feminists, ecofeminists, animal liberationists, deep ecologists, and social ecologists in an effort to create a sustainable lifestyle for all inhabitants of the earth.

Among the issues addressed are the conflicts between Green politics and ecofeminism, various applications of ecofeminist theory, the relationship of animal liberation to ecofeminism, harmful implications of the romanticized woman-nature association in Western culture, and cultural limitations of ecofeminism.

In the series Ethics and Action, edited by Tom Regan.

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Editorial Reviews

WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women
Because ecofeminism struggles to reveal the conplex interconnected-ness of all livings things with the natural environment, these essays were chosen from an assortment of viewpoints. Activists, feminists, ecologists and animal liberationists share their unique experiences, efforts and ideas about the relationships inherent in our world. This collection of original writings examines the historic norms of patriarchal concepts about humanity and illuminates a new perspective between humans and nature. Here is a glimpse at the contents featured&#8212Roots; Rejoining Natural and Social History; For the Love of Nature; Ecology and the Cult of the Romantic; A Cross-cultural Critique of Ecofeminism; and living: Interconnections with Animals and Nature.
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From the Publisher

"The essays...are a stimulating and welcome addition to this burgeoning body of critical thought."
Canadian Woman Studies

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780877229896
  • Publisher: Temple University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1993
  • Series: Ethics And Action Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Greta Gaard is Assistant Professor of Composition and Women's Studies at the University of Minnesota, Duluth.

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Table of Contents

Preface
1 Living Interconnections with Animals and Nature 1
2 Ecofeminism: Linking Theory and Practice 13
3 Dismantling Oppression: An Analysis of the Connection Between Women and Animals 60
4 Roots: Rejoining Natural and Social History 91
5 Ecofeminism and the Politics of Reality 118
6 Questioning Sour Grapes: Ecofeminism and the United Farm Workers Grape Boycott 146
7 Animal Rights and Feminist Theory 167
8 The Feminist Traffic in Animals 195
9 For the Love of Nature: Ecology and the Cult of the Romantic 219
10 From Heroic to Holistic Ethics: The Ecofeminist Challenge 243
11 A Cross-Cultural Critique of Ecofeminism 272
12 Ecofeminism and Native American Cultures: Pushing the Limits of Cultural Imperialism? 295
Selected Bibliography 315
About the Contributors 323
Index 327
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