Ecofeminism: Women, Culture, Nature


Warren, Karen J, ed. 1997. Ecofeminism: Women, Culture, Nature. Bloomington: Indiana University Press.

Author: Karen J. Warren, ed.


“During the past ten years, several journals, anthologies, and single­authored books have been published on ecological feminism, or "ecofeminism." Ecological feminism is the position that there are important connections between how one treats women, people of color, and the underclass on one hand and how one treats the nonhuman natural environment on the other. Of these various publications, none has provided a multidisciplinary perspective on topics in ecofeminist scholarship. What this volume does is just that: it provides a critical examination of ecofeminism from a variety of cross­cultural and multidisciplinary perspectives. As such, it is an important addition to the literature on ecofeminism.
The book is divided into three parts. Part I, "Taking Empirical Data Seriously," explores real­life, experiential concerns which have motivated ecofeminism as a grassroots, women­initiated movement around the globe. Part II, "Interdisciplinary Perspectives," presents the works of scholars in a variety of academic disciplines and vocational fields (e.g., anthropology, biology, chemical engineering, communication studies, education, environmental studies, literature, political science, recreation and leisure studies, sociology) on the application or appropriateness of ecofeminism to their research and to the peoples whose lives are touched by it. Part III, "Philosophical Perspectives," provides a critical examination of ecofeminism from professional philosophers on topics which range from the expected (e.g., challenges of ecofeminist philosophy to mainstream Western thought) to the unexpected (e.g., ecofeminism and Wittgenstein and Kant). Together these three parts provide a balanced cross­cultural lens through which to begin to access the potential strengths and weaknesses of ecofeminism as a political movement and theoretical position” (Warren 1997, xi).
Table of Contents:
1. Taking Empirical Data Seriously: An Ecofeminist Philosophical Perspective
Karen J. Warren
2. Ecofeminism through an Anticolonial Framework
Andy Smith
3. Women of Color, Environmental Justice, and Ecofeminism
Dorceta E. Taylor
4. Women’s Knowledge as Expert Knowledge: Indian Women and Ecodevelopment
Deane Curtin
5. Epistemic Responsibility and the Inuit of Canada’s Eastern Arctic: An Ecofeminist Appraisal
Douglas J. Buege
6. Women and Power
Petra Kelly
7. Learning to Live with Differences: The Challenge of Ecofeminist Community
Judith Plant
8. “The Earth Is the Indian’s Mother, Nhãndecy”
Elaine Potiguara (translated by Leland Robert Guyer; edited by Karen J. Warren)
9. Leisure: Celebration and Resistance in the Ecofeminist Quilt
Karen M. Fox
10. Ecofeminism and Work
Robert Alan Sessions
11. Ecofeminism and Children
Ruthanne Kurth-Schai
12. Ecofeminism and Meaning
Susan Griffin
13. Ecofeminist Literary Criticism
Gretchen T. Legler
14. Rhetoric, Rape, and Ecowarfare in the Persian Gulf
Adrienne Elizabeth Chistiansen
15. The Nature of Race: Discourse of Racial Difference in Ecofeminism
Noël Sturgeon
16. Ecofeminism in Kenya: A Chemical Engineer’s Perspective
Joseph R. Loer
17. Keeping the Soil in Good Heart: Women Weeders, the Environment and Ecofeminism
Candice Bradley
18. Remediating Development through an Ecofeminist Lens
Betty Wells and Danielle Wirth
19. Scientific Ecology and Ecological Feminism: The Potential for Dialogue
Catherine Zabinski
20. Andocentrism and Anthropocentrism: Parallels and Politics
Val Plumwood
21. Revaluing Nature
Lori Gruen
22. Self and Community in Environmental Ethics
Wendy Donner
23. Kant and Ecofeminism
Holyn Wilson
24. Women-Animals-Machines: A Grammar for a Wittgensteinian Ecofeminism
Wendy Lee-Lampshire
25. Radical Nonduality in Ecofeminist Philosophy
Charlene Spretnak


Topics: Environment, Feminisms, Ecofeminism, Gender, Women

Year: 1997

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