Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development

Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development

by Vandana Shiva
     
 

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Since at least the days of Francis Bacon, the dominant view in the western world has framed technological and economic development as progress and championed that same narrow vision of "progress" as inherently benevolent and inevitable. Multinational corporations, the IMF and World Bank, national governments, and humanitarian organizations regularly promote

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Since at least the days of Francis Bacon, the dominant view in the western world has framed technological and economic development as progress and championed that same narrow vision of "progress" as inherently benevolent and inevitable. Multinational corporations, the IMF and World Bank, national governments, and humanitarian organizations regularly promote development as the only road to security-but those being "developed" know otherwise.

Staying Alive makes clear why this development paradigm-implemented through enclosure, privatization, corporate piracy, marginalization, and violence-is more accurately characterized as maldevelopment, and how it is inexorably dragging the world down a path of self-destruction. Prescient and fiercely relevant, this pioneering work illuminates how women, more than surviving the crises brought on by development, are creating and safeguarding vital sources of knowledge and vision on not only how to stay alive, but why we should in the first place.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“Vandana Shiva is one of the world's most prominent radical scientists. In Staying Alive she defines the links between ecological crises, colonialism, and the oppression of women. It is a scholarly and polemical plea for the rediscovery of the ‘feminine principle’ in human interaction with the natural world, not as a gender-based quality, rather an organizing principle, a way of seeing the world.”
The Guardian
 
“Extraordinary in the ease of its global and historical scopes and the clarity of its arguments.”
Women’s Review of Books

“Laced with references to Hindu deities, hard-nosed research into Indian land use and bold attacks on Western science … Staying Alive … has the ‘go’ of a big personality behind it.”
The Observer
 
“Shiva … has devoted her life to fighting for the rights of the ordinary people of India.… Her fierce intellect and her disarmingly friendly, accessible manner have made her a valuable advocate for people all over the developing world.”
Ms. magazine
 
“A leading thinker who has eloquently blended her views on the environment, agriculture, spirituality, and women’s rights into a powerful philosophy.”
Utne Reader
 
“Shiva is burst of creative energy, an intellectual power.”
The Progressive
 

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780896087934
Publisher:
South End Press
Publication date:
11/30/2010
Series:
South End Press Classics Series Series
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)

Meet the Author

Vandana Shiva is a physicist, world-renowned environmental thinker and activist, and a tireless crusader for economic, food, and gender justice. She is the author and editor of many influential books, including Making Peace with the Earth, Earth Democracy, Soil Not Oil, Stolen Harvest, Water Wars, and Globalization’s New Wars. Dr. Shiva is the recipient of more than twenty international awards, among them the Right Livelihood Award (1993); the John Lennon-Yoko Ono Grant for Peace (2008); The Sydney Peace Prize (2010); and the Calgary Peace Prize (Canada, 2011). In addition, she is a board member of the World Future Council and one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization (whose other members include Jerry Mander, Edward Goldsmith, Ralph Nader, and Jeremy Rifkin). She travels frequently to speak at conferences around the world.

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