This completely revised second edition of Gender and Environment explains the inter-relationship between gender relations and environmental problems and practices, and how they affect and impact on each other.
Explaining our current predicament in the context of historical gender and environment relations, and contemporary theorisations of this relationship, this book explores how gender and environment are imbricated at different scales: the body; the household, community and city through concepts of work; and at the global scale. The final chapter draws these themes together through a consideration of waste and shows that gender is an important dimension in how we define, categorise, generate and manage waste, and how this contributes to environmental problems. Contemporary examples of environmental activism are juxtaposed with past campaigns throughout the book to demonstrate how protest and activism is as gendered as the processes which have created the situations protested about. The author’s experiences of working with both the European Union on gender mainstreaming environmental research and practice, and with environmental groups on gender-based campaigns provide unique insights and case studies which inform the book.
The book provides a contemporary textbook with a strong research foundation, drawing on the author’s extensive research, and professional and practice activity on the gender–environment relationship over the past 20 years, in a wide range of geographical contexts.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 Linking Gender and the Environment
Chapter 2 The Gendering of Science
Chapter 3 Conceptualising Gender-Environment Relations
Chapter 4 The Body
Chapter 5 Work
Chapter 6 The Global
Chapter 7 Gender and Waste: A Synthesis
Susan Buckingham writes, researches, advises and broadcasts on gender and environment. She was Professor in Human Geography at Brunel University until 2015 and a trustee for the Women’s Environmental Network for nine years. Susan has also advised EU, UN and British Council gender and environment projects.
"In a year when female lead youth environmental justice movements energize the discussion regarding sustainability, making clear the need to expose, critique and change ‘industrial/breadwinner masculinities’; ‘Gender and Environment’ gives us a much important updated overview of ecofeminist scholarship. Scholarship that actually might hold the key to finding appropriate responses to the fossil fuelled ecocide of our time." - Martin Hultman, Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden.
"This is a book we've been waiting for without actually realising it! In bringing together scholarship on gender and environment across a range of areas, it both illuminates current global challenges and queries the world's ongoing commitment to gender inequality. It is a compelling read, and while it will excite researchers and students, it will also find a ready audience amongst those keen to have a framework to understand global issues. Buckingham has made a fine fist of a complex area." - Professor Margaret Alston, University of Newcastle, Australia.
"Gender and Environment has always been my go-to book for accessible explanations of the deep connections between gender inequalities and ecological destruction. With this second edition, which is brought to life by new empirical and artistic examples alongside critical reflections on how the world has - and hasn’t - changed in twenty years, Susan Buckingham makes another tremendous contribution to a scholarly field that is more relevant than ever." Sherilyn MacGregor, The University of Manchester, UK
"This second edition of Gender and Environment is a great resource for anyone interested in exploring the links between gender and social inequality and environmental destruction. Susan Buckingham seamlessly fuses eco-feminist theory and research with practical examples of how this works on the ground. This is a brilliant book that will help to inform our work at WEN." - Kate Metcalf, Co-Director, WEN (Women's Environmental Network)