1st Edition

Feminist Political Ecology and the Economics of Care In Search of Economic Alternatives

Edited By Christine Bauhardt, Wendy Harcourt Copyright 2019
    310 Pages
    by Routledge

    310 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book envisages a different form of our economies where care work and care-full relationships are central to social and cultural life. It sets out a feminist vision of a caring economy and asks what needs to change economically and ecologically in our conceptual approaches and our daily lives as we learn to care for each other and non-human others.

    Bringing together authors from 11 countries (also representing institutions from 8 countries), this edited collection sets out the challenges for gender aware economies based on an ethics of care for people and the environment in an original and engaging way. The book aims to break down the assumed inseparability of economic growth and social prosperity, and natural resource exploitation, while not romanticising social-material relations to nature. The authors explore diverse understandings of care through a range of analytical approaches, contexts and case studies and pays particular attention to the complicated nexus between re/productivity, nature, womanhood and care. It includes strong contributions on community economies, everyday practices of care, the politics of place and care of non-human others, as well as an engagement on concepts such as wealth, sustainability, food sovereignty, body politics, naturecultures and technoscience.

    Feminist Political Ecology and the Economics of Care is aimed at all those interested in what feminist theory and practice brings to today’s major political economic and environmental debates around sustainability, alternatives to economic development and gender power relations.

    1. Introduction: Conversations on Care in Feminist Political Economy and Ecology, Wendy Harcourt and Christine Bauhardt.  2. Nature, Care and Gender – Feminist Dilemmas, Christine Bauhardt.  3. White Settler Colonial scientific fabulations on otherwise narratives of care, Wendy Harcourt.  4. Environmental Feminisms: a story of different encounters, Karijn van den Berg.  5. Climate Change, Natural Disasters and the Spillover Effects on Unpaid Care. The Case of Super-Typhoon Haiyan, Maria S. Floro and Georgia Poyatzis.  6. Care-full Community Economies, Kelly Dombroski, Stephen Healy and Katharine McKinnon.  7. Care as Wellth: Internalising Care by Democratising Money, Mary Mellor.  8. Diverse ethics for diverse economies: considering the ethics of embodiment, difference and inter-corporeality at Kufunda, Pamela Richardson-Ngwenya and Andrea J. Nightingale.  9. Striving towards what we do not know yet: Living Feminist Political Ecology in Toronto’s food network, Carla Wember.  10. ‘The garden has improved my life’: Agency and Food Sovereignty of women in Urban Agriculture in Nairobi, Joyce-Ann Syhre and Meike Brückner.  11. Transnational Reconfigurations of Re/production and the Female Body: Bioeconomics, Motherhoods and the Case of Surrogacy in India, Christa Wichterich.  12. Menstrual politics in Argentina and diverse assemblages of care, Jacqueline Gaybor.  13. Bodies, Aspirations and the Politics of Place: Learning from the Women Brickmakers of La Ladrillera, Azucena Gollaz Morán.  14. Towards an urban agenda from a feminist political ecology and care perspective, Ana Agostino.  Index


    Christine Bauhardt is Professor at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, where she heads the division of Gender and Globalisation. The division focuses on the impacts of global political restructuring on economic and gender relations in different societies with respect to both urban and rural areas.

    Wendy Harcourt is Professor of Gender, Diversity and Sustainable Development and Westerdijk Professor at the International Institute of Social Studies of Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands. She is also Coordinator of the EU H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Networks (ITN) WEGO (Well-being, Ecology, Gender, and Community).

    "This book aims to develop a feminist political ecology, which will enrich ecological economics and feminist economics, by integrating experience-based knowledge. With examples from struggles to cope with social and environmental degradation, it builds a bridge from human values, feminist values, care values, nature values, and solidarity values into economic thinking and policy, challenging the mainstream approach of expressing values in economic terms.", Iulie Aslaksen ecological and feminist economist

    "This outstanding book traces the possibilities offered by linking feminist political ecology and feminist economics. It brings out an innovative analytical and normative framework, develops economic alternatives as transformative praxis and shows that care can contribute not only towards transforming economies but also society and politics to become intrinsically caring for humans and non-humans.", Daniela Gottschlich, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany