Ecofeminism as Sociology


Salleh, Ariel. 2003. “Ecofeminism as Sociology.” Capitalism, Nature, Socialism 14 (1): 61-74.

Author: Ariel Salleh


"The human relation to what is called 'nature,' has become a focus of social thought in our times, with a new 'eco-politics' given over to it, and ecofeminists, eco-Marxists, social ecologists, and deep ecologists, each offering unique conceptualizations. But conversation about the humanity-nature problematic seems to provoke both public confusion and intellectual hostility. Meanwhile, an insurgent globalizing resistance to neo-liberalism and its ecological crisis, develops strategies across the humanity-nature interface with little help from sociological theory. However, one sociologist Peter Dickens, has suggested that the difficulties people have in thinking about this connection result from the modernist industrial division of labor and its inevitable knowledge fragmentation. Like ecofeminists Maria Mies, Vandana Shiva, Mary Mellor, and myself, he argues that the marginalization of lay and tacit forms of knowledge under industrialization, means that people los a sense of their own organic nature, environmental abuse being an effect of this alienation" (Salleh 2003, 61). 

Topics: Environment, Feminisms, Ecofeminism, Feminist Political Ecology, Livelihoods

Year: 2003

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