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Contemporary Perspectives on Ecofeminism

1st Edition

Edited by Mary Phillips, Nick Rumens


234 pages | 1 B/W Illus.

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Why is ecofeminism still needed to address the environmental emergencies and challenges of our times? Ecofeminism has a chequered history in terms of its popularity and its perceived value in conceptualizing the relationship between gender and nature as well as feeding forms of activism that aim to confront the environmental challenges of the moment.

This book provides a much-needed comprehensive overview of the relevance and value of using eco-feminist theories. It gives a broad coverage of traditional and emerging eco-feminist theories and explores, across a range of chapters, their various contributions and uniquely spans various strands of ecofeminist thinking. The origins of influential eco-feminist theories are discussed including key themes and some of its leading figures (contributors include Erika Cudworth, Greta Gaard, Trish Glazebrook and Niamh Moore), and outlines its influence on how scholars might come to a more generative understanding of the natural environment. The book examines eco-feminism’s potential contribution for advancing current discussions and research on the relationships between the humans and more than humans that share our world.

This timely volume makes a distinctive scholarly contribution and is a valuable resources for students and academics in the fields of environmentalism, political ecology, sustainability and nature resource management.


"Contemporary Perspectives on Ecofeminism effectively provides an affirmative yes to the driving question the text seeks to answer: ‘why is ecofeminism still needed to address the environmental emergencies of our time?’. This text provides a comprehensive overview of both ecofeminist theories and their interaction with contemporary approaches such as affect theory, critical animal studies, material feminisms/new materialism, action research, and postcolonial feminism. Discussing both the origins of influential ecofeminist theories and their contribution to progressing conversations and research on the relationship between humanity and the more-than-human world Contemporary Perspectives on Ecofeminism equips scholars in the fields of philosophy, environmental humanities, environmental studies, political ecology, sustainability and conservation with both knowledge and suggestions for how to better address the social and environmental injustices from their respective perspectives and approaches." - Sarah O'Brien, Drew Theological School

Table of Contents

Introducing Contemporary Ecofeminism Mary Philips and Nick Rumens Part 1 Theory 1. Eco/Feminist Genealogies: Renewing Promises and New Possibilities Niamh Moore 2. Ecofeminism and the Animal Erika Cudworth 3. Developing ecofeminist corporeality: Writing the body as activist poetics Mary Phillips 4. Regeneration in Limbo: Ecofeminist Perspectives on the Multiple Crisis and Social Contract Adelheid Biesecker and Uta v. Winterfeld 5. Exploring the Confluence of Ecofeminism, Covenantal Ethics, and Action Research Mary Brydon-Miller and Anne Inga Hilsen Part 2 Practice 6. Climate Adaptation in the Global South: Funding Women’s Farming Trish Glazebrook 7: Hidden Lives, Invisible Vocation? Giving Voice to Game Rangers’ Wives in Kwazulu–Natal, South Africa Ida Sabelis, Tamarisk van Vliet and Harry Wels 8. The Township Gaze: A Postcolonial Ecofeminist Theory for Touring the New South Africa Laura Wright 9. From ‘Cli-Fi’ to Critical Ecofeminism: Narratives of Climate Change and Climate Justice Greta Gaard 10. The Advantages of Gender theories in Analyses of Nature resource Management Christine Katz 11. Organizing and Managing Ecofeminism: Material Manifestations of Spiritual Principles in Business Ali Young and Scott Taylor

About the Editors

Mary Phillips is Reader in Organization Studies at The School of Economics, Finance and Management, University of Bristol, UK.

Nick Rumens is Professor of Organization Behaviour and Head of Department (Leadership, Work & Organization), at Middlesex University, UK.

About the Series

Routledge Explorations in Environmental Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Economic Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Development / Sustainable Development
BUSINESS & ECONOMICS / Environmental Economics
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy