Ecofeminism / Maria Mies, Vandana Shiva ; with a foreword by Ariel Salleh.

Mies, Maria [Browse]
2nd ed.
  • London ; New York : Zed Books, 2014.
  • ©2014
1 online resource (360 p.)


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This groundbreaking work remains as relevant today as when it was when first published. Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva, two world-renowned feminist environmental activists, critique prevailing economic theories, conventional concepts of women's emancipation, the myth of 'catching up' development, the philosophical foundations of modern science and technology, and the omission of ethics when discussing so many questions, including advances in reproductive technology and biotechnology.
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Includes bibliographical references at the end of each chapters and index.
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  • Front cover; critique influence change; About the authors; Title; Copyright; Contents; Foreword; Preface to the critique influence change edition; 1 Introduction: Why We Wrote This Book Together; Why is it so difficult to see this common ground?; Freedom versus emancipation; False strategies; The global versus the local; The breakdown of universalist (Western) ideologies and the emergence of cultural relativism; Ecofeminism; 'Spiritual' or 'political' ecofeminism?; Notes; Part 1 Critique and Perspective; 2 Reductionism and Regeneration: A Crisis in Science; Knowledge and ignorance
  • Value and non-value The reduction of human reproduction; The reduction of plant reproduction; Invasion and justice; Regeneration, production and consumption; Notes; 3 Feminist Research: Science, Violence and Responsibility; Methodological guidelines for feminist research; Notes; References; Part 2 Subsistence v. Development; 4 The Myth of Catching-up Development; Divide and rule: modern industrial society's secret; Catching-up impossible and undesirable; Does catching-up development liberate women?; Notes; 5 The Impoverishment of the Environment: Women and Children Last
  • Environmental degradation and poverty creation Impoverishment of women, children and the environment; The food and nutrition crisis; The water crisis; Toxic hazards; Nuclear hazards; Survival strategies of women and children; Dispensability of the last child: the dominant paradigm; Grassroots response; Putting women and children first; Notes; 6 Who Made Nature Our Enemy?; Everything has changed - everything is the same; Some lessons - not only for women; Notes; Part 3 The Search for Roots; 7 Homeless in the 'Global Village'; Development as uprooting; Soil as a sacred mother; Notes
  • 8 Masculinization of the Motherland Globalization and the rise of nationalism; From plurality to duality; Notes; 9 Women have no Fatherland; Women pay the price; Colonization of women; Global orientation and national self-interest; Violence and the state; Mother nation and father state; National identity or catching-up development?; Notes; 10 White Man's Dilemma: His Search for What He Has Destroyed; Despair in the midst of plenty; Violence and desire; Pornography and prostitution tourism; Sexuality and nature; Reproduction technology; The source of these desires
  • Dissection and the search for wholeness Violence, progress and sentimentalism; Before the idyll; Romanticizing the 'Savage'; Romanticizing nature; How fascism uses these desires; Notes; Part 4 Ecofeminism v. New Areas of Investment through Biotechnology; 11 Women's Indigenous Knowledge and Biodiversity Conservation; Diversity as women's expertise; Women: custodians of biodiversity; 'Sacredness': a conservation category; Biotechnology and the destruction of biodiversity; 12 New Reproductive Technologies: Sexist and Racist Implications; Introduction; Selection and elimination
  • Racism, sexism and the Enlightenment
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