Ubuntu and Ecofeminism: Value-Building with African and Womanist Voices

Citation:

Konik, Inge. 2018. “Ubuntu and Ecofeminism: Value-Building with African and Womanist Voices.” Environmental Values 27 (3): 269-88.

Author: Inge Konik

Abstract:

To build a front against neoliberalism, those in the alter-globalisation movement work across perceived divides. Such transversal openness, however, has not been embraced fully within the academic sphere, even though theoretical coalitions are also important for developing a life-affirming societal ethos. Meaningful opportunities for theoretical bridging do exist, particularly where alternative value systems, hitherto isolated, can be drawn into the wider global dialogue on societal futures. In this spirit, this article offers some transversal reflections on materialist ecofeminism, and one such marginalised value system: the African ethic of ubuntu.

Keywords: alter-globalisation, transversalism, values, ubuntu, ecofeminism

Topics: Feminisms, Ecofeminism Regions: Africa

Year: 2018

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