Rethinking Gender and Nature from a Material(Ist) Perspective: Feminist Economics, Queer Ecologies and Resource Politics


Bauhardt, Christine. 2013. “Rethinking Gender and Nature from a Material(ist) Perspective: Feminist Economics, Queer Ecologies and Resource Politics.” European Journal of Women’s Studies 20 (4): 361–75.

Author: Christine Bauhardt


After the cultural turn, it has become necessary to reconsider society’s relations to nature. This article provides a theoretically sound basis for feminist interventions in global environmental policies drawing on feminist economics and queer ecologies to theorize material(ist) perspectives on gender and nature. This is the starting point for rethinking social and gender relations to nature from the resource politics approach. Beyond the feminization of environmental responsibility this approach aims at an understanding of human life embedded in material and discursive processes – without putting the potential (re)productivity of the female body on the ideological pedestal of heterosexual maternity.

Keywords: ecological crisis, environmental policies, gender and sustainability, nature cultures, social relations to nature

Topics: Environment, Feminisms, Gender, Sexuality

Year: 2013

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