Ecofeminism at the Heart of Ecosocialism


Brownhill, Leigh, and Terisa E. Turner. 2019. "Ecofeminism at the Heart of Ecosocialism." Capitalism Nature Socialism 30 (1): 1-10.

Authors: Leigh Brownhill, Terisa E. Turney


"African women have been at the forefront of resistance to corporate globalization since neoliberalism struck in the 1980s. They are joined, on an expanding scale, by diverse women of all continents who have also been deeply engaged in ecofeminist politics of resistance (Shiva 2008; Gago and Aguilar 2018; Giacomini et al. 2018). These resistance politics have today converged in the politics of transition to a fossil-fuel-free world. Being more fully and directly reliant on nature for their daily subsistence, specific African women have faced and resisted enclosure of their commons and collectively maintained indigenous knowledge, seeds, practices, food production, and energy technologies that offer clear alternatives to oil and petro-chemical reliant food and energy systems. The prominence of women in defending the commons against commodification has been evident in Africa for many decades. It is now also evident globally" (Brownhill and Turney 2019, 1). 

Topics: Environment, Feminisms, Ecofeminism, Globalization, Indigenous, Indigenous Knowledge Systems, Livelihoods Regions: Africa

Year: 2019

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