This book aims to begin an eco-centered, eco-feminist informed discussion about the ways in which our relationship to "nature" is bound up with gender, patriarchy and violence.
Ecofeminist scholars study the interconnections between gendered relationships of domination among humans, between humans, and between humans, nonhumans and the earth. It is in this ideological and structural tangle between humans and the environment that a deeper understanding of gender violence is possible. Ecofeminism offers analytical possibilities for understanding a "logic of domination" which sustain a whole host of problems, including the interrelated oppressions of gender violence and exploitation of the more-than-human-life world. In this book, Gwen Hunnicutt brings into dialog ecofeminism and gender violence. Ideological components, such as speciesism and the belief that the earth and its nonhuman inhabitants are ours to exploit, inform a host of other social practices, including interpersonal violence.
A portion of this book is devoted to exploring the ways in which patriarchy is foregrounded by another hierarchy - human domination over "nature". Thus, gender violence stems from a logic of domination that is built on the domination of nature and the domination of the Other "as nature." As this blueprint of oppression repeats itself where there are vectors of difference, the chapters ultimately connect these oppressions by showing the inextricable bind of violence against humans and the more-than-human-life-world. This book will serve as a resource for scholars, activists and students in sociology, gender violence and interdisciplinary violence studies, critical animal studies, environmental studies, feminist and ecofeminist studies.
1. Introduction; 2. Foregrounding Patriarchy in a Larger Field of Domination of Nature; 3. The Intersection of Masculinity, Gender Violence and Domination of NonHuman Animals; 4. Trans Species Harm and The Multiplicity of Violence from Climate Change; 5. Conclusion: Toward a Nonviolent Ecological Society.