Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development

Staying Alive: Women, Ecology, and Development

by Vandana Shiva

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Overview

Inspired by women’s struggles for the protection of nature as a condition for human survival, award-winning environmentalist Vandana Shiva shows how ecological destruction and the marginalization of women are not inevitable, economically or scientifically. She argues that “maldevelopment”—the violation of the integrity of organic, interconnected, and interdependent systems that sets in motion a process of exploitation, inequality, and injustice—is dragging the world down a path of self-destruction, threatening survival itself. Shiva articulates how rural Indian women experience and perceive ecological destruction and its causes, and how they have conceived and initiated processes to arrest the destruction of nature and begin its regeneration. Focusing on science and development as patriarchal projects, Staying Alive is a powerfully relevant book that positions women not solely as survivors of the crisis, but as the source of crucial insights and visions to guide our struggle.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623170516
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 03/01/2016
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 530,257
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction, 2010 xi

Introduction to the First Edition xxix

Chapter 1 Development, Ecology and Women 1

Chapter 2 Science, Nature and Gender 14

Chapter 3 Women in Nature 38

Chapter 4 Women in the Forest 55

Chapter 5 Women in the Food Chain 96

Chapter 6 Women and the Vanishing Waters 179

Chapter 7 Terra Mater: Reclaiming the Feminine Principle 218

Index 225

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