Overview

This groundbreaking work remains as relevant today as when it was when first published. Two of Zed’s best-known authors argue that ecological destruction and industrial catastrophes constitute a direct threat to everyday life, the maintenance of which has been made the particular responsibility of women. In both industrialized societies and the developing countries, the new wars the world is experiencing, violent ethnic chauvinisms and the malfunctioning of the economy also pose urgent questions for ecofeminists....
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Ecofeminism

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Overview

This groundbreaking work remains as relevant today as when it was when first published. Two of Zed’s best-known authors argue that ecological destruction and industrial catastrophes constitute a direct threat to everyday life, the maintenance of which has been made the particular responsibility of women. In both industrialized societies and the developing countries, the new wars the world is experiencing, violent ethnic chauvinisms and the malfunctioning of the economy also pose urgent questions for ecofeminists. Is there a relationship between patriarchal oppression and the destruction of nature in the name of profit and progress? How can women counter the violence inherent in these processes? Should they look to a link between the women’s movement and other social movements? Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva offer a thought-provoking analysis of these and many other issues from a unique North-South perspective. They critique prevailing economic theories, conventional concepts of women’s emancipation, the myth of ‘catching up’ development, the philosophical foundations of modern science and technology, and the omission of ethics when discussing so many questions, including advances in reproductive technology and biotechnology. In constructing their own ecofeminist epistemology and methodology, these two internationally respected feminist environmental activists look to the potential of movements advocating consumer liberation and subsistence production, sustainability and regeneration, and they argue for an acceptance of limits and reciprocity and a rejection of exploitation, the endless commoditization of needs, and violence.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781780329796
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 3/13/2014
  • Series: critique influence change
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 2
  • Sales rank: 508,116
  • File size: 862 KB

Meet the Author

Vandana Shiva is an Indian environmental activist and anti-globalization author. She has received honors around the world for her work.
 
Maria Mies is a Professor of Sociology in Cologne, Germany, and author of several feminist books.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction: Why We Wrote this Book Together 1
2 Reductionism and Regeneration: A Crisis in Science 22
3 Feminist Research: Science, Violence and Responsibility 36
4 The Myth of Catching-up Development 55
5 The Impoverishment of the Environment: Women and Children Last 70
6 Who Made Nature Our Enemy? 91
7 Homeless in the 'Global Village' 98
8 Masculinization of the Motherland 108
9 Women have no Fatherland 116
10 White Man's Dilemma: His Search for What He Has Destroyed 132
11 Women's Indigenous Knowledge and Biodiversity Conservation 164
12 New Reproductive Technologies: Sexist and Racist Implications 174
13 From the Individual to the Dividual: the Supermarket of 'Reproductive Alternatives' 198
14 Self-Determination: The End of a Utopia? 218
15 GATT, Agriculture and Third World Women 231
16 The Chipko Women's Concept of Freedom 246
17 Liberating the Consumer 251
18 Decolonizing the North 264
19 People or population: Towards a New Ecology of Reproduction 277
20 The Need for a New Vision: the Subsistence Perspective 297
Index 325
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