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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment

Edited By

Sherilyn MacGregor

ISBN 9780367352899
Published May 21, 2019 by Routledge
544 Pages 20 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment gathers together state-of-the-art theoretical reflections and empirical research from leading researchers and practitioners working in this transdisciplinary and transnational academic field. Over the course of the book, these contributors provide critical analyses of the gender dimensions of a wide range of timely and challenging topics, from sustainable development and climate change politics, to queer ecology and interspecies ethics in the so-called Anthropocene.

Presenting a comprehensive overview of the development of the field from early political critiques of the male domination of women and nature in the 1980s to the sophisticated intersectional and inclusive analyses of the present, the volume is divided into four parts:

  • Part I: Foundations
  • Part II: Approaches
  • Part III: Politics, policy and practice
  • Part IV: Futures.

Comprising chapters written by forty contributors with different perspectives and working in a wide range of research contexts around the world, this Handbook will serve as a vital resource for scholars, students, and practitioners in environmental studies, gender studies, human geography, and the environmental humanities and social sciences more broadly.

Table of Contents

Gender and environment: an introduction

PART I: Foundations

Chapter 1. Rachel Carson was right – then and now

Chapter 2. The Death of Nature: foundations of ecofeminist thought

Chapter 3. The dilemma of dualism

Chapter 4. Gender and environment from ‘women, environment and development’ to feminist political ecology

Chapter 5. Ecofeminist political economy: a green and feminist agenda

Chapter 6. Naturecultures and feminist materialism

Chapter 7. Posthumanism, ecofeminism, and inter-species relations

PART II: Approaches

Chapter 8. Gender, livelihoods, and sustainability: anthropological research

Chapter 9. Gender’s critical edge: feminist political ecology, postcolonial intersectionality, and the coupling of race and gender

Chapter 10. Gender and environmental justice

Chapter 11. Gender differences in environmental concern: sociological explanations

Chapter 12. Social ecology: a transdisciplinary approach to gender and environment research

Chapter 13. Gender and environmental (in)security: from climate conflict to ecosystem instability

Chapter 14. Gender, environmental governmentality, and the discourses of sustainable development

Chapter 15. Feminism and biopolitics: a cyborg account

Chapter 16. Exploring industrial, eco-modern, and ecological masculinities

Chapter 17. Transgender environments

Chapter 18. A fruitless endeavour: confronting the heteronormativity of environmentalism

PART III: Politics, policy and practice

Chapter 19. Gender and environmental policy

Chapter 20. Gender politics in Green parties

Chapter 21. Good green jobs for whom? a feminist critique of the green economy

Chapter 22. Gender dimensions of sustainable consumption

Chapter 23. Sexual stewardship: environment, development, and the gendered politics of population

Chapter 24. Gender equality, sustainable agricultural development, and food security

Chapter 25. Whose debt for whose nature? gender and nature in neoliberalism’s war against subsistence

Chapter 26. Gender and climate change politics

Chapter 27. Changing the climate of participation: the gender constituency in the global climate change regime

Chapter 28. Planning for climate change: REDD+SES as gender-responsive environmental action

PART IV: Futures

Chapter 29. Pragmatic utopias: intentional gender-democratic and sustainable communities

Chapter 30. Feminist futures and ‘other worlds’: ecologies of critical spatial practice

Chapter 31. Orca intimacies and environmental slow death: earthling ethics for a claustrophobic world

Chapter 32. The end of gender or deep green trans-misogyny?

Chapter 33. Welcome to the white (m)Anthropocene? a feminist-environmentalist critique

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Sherilyn MacGregor is Reader in Environmental Politics at the University of Manchester, UK. She has been teaching Environmental Politics and Gender and Environment at undergraduate and postgraduate levels for 15 years and has been an editor and editorial board board member of Environmental Politics since 2007.


"This impressive collection breaks new theoretical, political and policy ground in the exploration of gender and environment. In challenging us to look beyond conventional narratives, the authors chart new feminist ways forward in this critical time of climate change and right-wing ascendancy. The keys to the future found here unlock our imaginations, allowing us to envision and start building a more just, peaceful and sustainable world." – Betsy Hartmann, Professor Emerita of Development Studies and Senior Policy Analyst, Population and Development Program, Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA

"More than 30 years of exploring gender and environment interfaces have brought us many different insights and interpretations. This inspirational handbook offers a wide and in-depth overview of feminist analyses and approaches on environment. It will help scholars, students, activists and policymakers to comprehend related politics, policies and practices and build a just and sustainable future." – Irene Dankelman, Radboud University/IRDANA Advice, Netherlands

"This remarkable, insightful, and comprehensive Handbook analyses the history, problems, and frameworks that characterize the complex relationships between gender and environment. An impressive assemblage of feminist writers from around the world provide powerful insights into the meanings of connections between women, gender, and nature as they have emerged in recent decades. Anyone interested in the history, politics, and real life examples surrounding ecofeminism will want to read this book." – Carolyn Merchant, Professor of Environmental History, Philosophy, and Ethics at the University of California, Berkeley, USA

"This book goes well beyond categorical framings of gender and environment as ‘women and nature’ to embrace trans-disciplinary, postcolonial and intersectional analyses of heteronormativity, masculinism, racism, transgender and speciesism in the environment-gender nexus. In emphasising how gender is done and undone, it provides strategies of resistance to environmentally destructive practices and it offers critical hope to enable us to reimagine our relationship with the planet." Bob Pease, Professor, School of Social Sciences, University of Tasmania, Australia

"This is the book I’ve been waiting for. Its focus on gender and environment brings together a hugely impressive range of scholars to explore how gender inequalities and environmental crises are intertwined. The argument that masculinities are associated with exploitative environmental practices is an essential part of developing the policies we need to avoid environmental disaster. Given current political developments it could not be more timely and is certain to become essential reading for scholars and activists alike." – Nickie Charles, Professor and Director of the Centre for the Study of Women and Gender, University of Warwick, UK

"Sherilyn MacGregor’s Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment is more than a reference work, it’s a great read. It encompasses the full gamut of gender and environment scholarship over more than three decades. The articles range from meditative and reflective to incendiary and revolutionary, each conveying key insights from engagement with a mix of social movements, activists, and theorists committed to social and ecological justice. MacGregor’s introduction is a peerless summary of the issues and debates, and Giovanna Di Chiro’s concluding chapter on the white (M)anthropocene is a stunner!" – Dianne Rocheleau, Professor of Geography, Clark University, USA.

"The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Environment is a thoughtful and expansive work that critically analyses key concepts and frameworks of this transdisciplinary field as well as the history and unfolding debates that have characterized the complex relationships between gender and environment. It is an essential and academically rigorous resource for scholars working on gender and environment issues and it fills a significant gap by providing an excellent reference text for those seeking a broad, yet thorough, introduction to this area of study." - Andreea Raluca Torre, Gender, Technology and Development Journal, Stockholm Environment Institute, Bangkok, Thailand