Feminist Political Ecology: Global Issues and Local Experiences


Rocheleau, Dianne E., Barbara P. Thomas-Slayter, and Esther Wangari, eds. 1996. Feminist Political Ecology: Global Issues and Local Experiences. New York: Routledge.

Authors: Dianne E. Rocheleau, ed., Barbara P. Thomas-Slayter, ed., Esther Wangari, ed.


Feminist Political Ecology explores the gendered relations of ecologies, economies and politics in communities as diverse as the rubbertappers in the rainforests of Brazil to activist groups fighting racism in New York City.

Women are often at the centre of these struggles, struggles which concern local knowledge, everyday practice, rights to resources, sustainable development, environmental quality, and social justice.

The book bridges the gap between the academic and rural orientation of political ecology and the largely activist and urban focus of environmental justice movements. (Summary from Taylor & Francis)


Table of Contents:
1. Gender and Environment: A Feminist Political Ecology Perspective
Dianne Rocheleau, Barbara Thomas-Slayter, and Esther Wangari

2. Out on the Front Lines but Still Struggling for Voice: Women in the Rubber Tappers’ Defense of the Forest in Xapuri, Acre, Brazil
Connie Campbell with the Women’s Group of Xapuri

3. Feminist Politics and Environmental Justice: Women’s Community Activism in West Harlem, New York
Vernice Miller, Moya Hallstein, Susan Quass

4. Protecting the Environment Against State Policy in Austria: From Women’s Participation in Protest to New Voices in Parliament
Doris Wastl-Walter

5. Spanish Women Against Industrial Waste: A Gender Perspective on Environmental Grassroots Movements
Josepa Brú-Bistuer

6. Gender Visions for Survival: Semi-arid Regions in Kenya
Esther Wangari, Barbara Thomas-Slayter, Dianne Rocheleau

7. Developing and Dismantling Social Capital: Gender and Resource Management in the Philippines
M. Dale Shields, Cornelia Butler Flora, Barbara Thomas-Slayter, Gladys Buenavista

8. “Our Lives are No Different from that of our Buffaloes”: Agricultural Change and Gendered Spaces in a Central Himalayan Valley
Manjari Mehta

9. Gendered Knowledge: Rights and Space in Two Zimbabwe Villages: Reflection on Methods and Findings
Louise Fortmann

10. From Forest Gardens to Tree Farms: Women, Men, and Timber in Zamrana-Chacuey, Dominican Republic
Dianne Roucheleau, Laurie Ross, Julio Morrobel (with Ricardo Hernandez, Critobalina Amparo, Cirilo Brito, Daniel Zevallos, the staff of ENDA-Caribe and the Rural Federation of Zambrana-Chaceu)

11. Where Kitchens and Laboratory Meet: The “Tested Food for Silesia” Program
Anne C. Bellows

12. “Hysterical Housewives” and Other Mad Women: Grassroots Environmental Organizing in the United States
Jonie Seager

Topics: Development, Environment, Feminisms, Feminist Political Ecology, Gender, Women

Year: 1996

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