Ecofeminism

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Bloomsbury Academic, Sep 27, 1993 - Nature - 328 pages

This impressive book celebrates the coming together of two well-known critics of Western philosophy and science. From their respective backgrounds in social science and physics, Maria Mies and VAndana Shiva write about the concerns which unite them as women.

Theirs is a powerful critique of the emnacipatory ideas of the Enlightenment, which measured civilizationin terms of domination of Nature. They argue that feminism should see linkages between patriarchal opression and the destruction of Nature in the name of profit and progress. Women - in many parts of the world the principal farmers, food-providers, and nurturers of children - are the hardest hit by technological excess and environmental degradation.

Through examining issues such as the growth of new reproductive technologies, 'development', indigenous knowledge, globalization, and the concepts of freedom and self-determination, teh authors provide a vision of a different value system. Ecofeminism is after all a 'new term for an ancient wisdom'. Their book is a powerful plea for the rediscovery of such wisdom by feminists and ecologists everywhere.

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Contents

Why We Wrote this Book Together
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Ecofeminism Spiritual or political ecofeminism?
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Knowledge and ignorance Value and nonvalue The reduction of human
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Maria Mies is a Marxist feminist scholar who is renowned for her theory of capitalist patriarchy, which recognizes third world women and difference. She is a professor of sociology at Cologne University of Applied Sciences, but retired from teaching in 1993. Since the late 1960s she has been involved with feminist activism. In 1979, at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, she founded the Women and Development programme. Her other titles published by Zed Books include The Lace Makers of Narsapur (1982), Women: The Last Colony (1988), The Subsistence Perspective (1999) and Ecofeminism (2014).

Ariel Salleh is Visiting Professor of Culture, Philosophy & Environment at the Nelson Mandela University, South Africa and Research Associate in Political Economy at the University of Sydney, Australia. A founding theorist of the ecofeminist movement, Salleh's sex-gendered critiques of ecosocialism, deep and social ecology, and postmodern feminism have provoked wide debate. Her publications include Ecofeminism as Politics (1997) and Eco-Sufficiency & Global Justice (2009).

Pnina Werbner is professor emerita in social anthropology at Keele University. She is an urban anthropologist who has studied Muslim South Asians in Britain and Pakistan and, more recently, the women's movement and the Manual Workers Union in Botswana.

Richard Werbner is emeritus professor of African anthropology at the University of Manchester. Among his books are Tears of the Dead (1991) and Postcolonial Subjectivities in Africa (Zed 2002).

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