Women, the Environment and Sustainable Development: Towards a Theoretical Synthesis

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A study commissioned by the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women, reporting on how women fit into the debates on the relationship between development and environmental protection in the third world. The issues addressed include the simultaneous rise of the global environmental crisis and the women's movement, power discourse, feminist critiques of science, women and nature, alternative development, and radical responses to the crisis. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781856491846
  • Publisher: Zed Books
  • Publication date: 12/1/1993
  • Pages: 240

Table of Contents

Authors' Note
1 Introduction: The Global Crisis of Environment and Development and the Emergence of the Women, Environment and Sustainable Development Theme 1
Preparation for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development 3
In search of theoretical connections: a proposal 6
Western science: the motor of the crisis 9
Transformations of development: different suggestions 13
2 Developmentalism: A Discourse of Power 17
The development decades: their impact on the South 17
The theoretical assumptions of developmentalism 20
Development in the 1990s 24
3 Feminist Critiques of Science 29
Feminist thought on science 29
Historical analysis of feminist epistemology 34
Theoretical analysis of feminist epistemology 43
The new feminist epistemologies 48
4 The Relationship between Women and Nature: Debates within Feminism 59
Streams within feminism 60
The first wave of feminism 61
Nazi Germany 62
The second wave 64
Ecriture feminine 66
Cultural feminism 68
Differences among women 71
Essentialism versus constructivism 74
5 Women, the Environment and Sustainable Development: Emergence of the Theme and Different Views 77
Women in Development (WID) in a historical perspective 78
The shift from women in development to gender and development 82
Women, Environment and Sustainable Development (WED) in historical perspective 83
Women organize for the Earth Summit 90
Ideas of Women, Environment and Sustainable Development 92
Development agencies' conceptualization of WED 96
WED and the UNCED process 101
6 Alternative Development 107
The alternative structuralist and the alternative normativist approach to alternative development 107
Feminist critique of development by DAWN (Development with Women for a New Era) 116
7 Environmental Reforms and the Debates on Sustainable Development 123
UNCED and the NGO Global Forum in 1992 126
The sustainable development debate 131
Concepts of economic growth and equity in the sustainable development debate 135
Environmental reforms in economics 137
Strategies towards sustainable development: some proposals 139
8 Responses to the Crisis from Deep Ecology, Social Ecology and Ecofeminism 149
Deep ecology 149
Social ecology 155
Ecofeminism: challenges and contradictions 161
9 Conclusions 169
Women and UNCED: successes and failures 175
WED as a coalition theme: some proposals for future action 176
The WED movement post-UNCED 179
Proposals for policy changes on WED in development co-operation 181
Bibliography 185
Index 214
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