Ecofeminism

Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva

Ecofeminism

Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva

Distributed for Zed Books

360 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5
Paper $18.95 ISBN: 9781780325637 Published March 2014 For sale in North and South America only
This groundbreaking work remains as relevant today as when it was when first published. Two of Zed's best-known authors argue that ecological destruction and industrial catastrophes constitute a direct threat to everyday life, the maintenance of which has been made the particular responsibility of women. In both industrialized societies and the developing countries, the new wars the world is experiencing, violent ethnic chauvinisms and the malfunctioning of the economy also pose urgent questions for ecofeminists. Is there a relationship between patriarchal oppression and the destruction of nature in the name of profit and progress? How can women counter the violence inherent in these processes? Should they look to a link between the women's movement and other social movements?

Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva offer a thought-provoking analysis of these and many other issues from a unique North-South perspective. They 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. 

In constructing their own ecofeminist epistemology and methodology, these two internationally respected feminist environmental activists look to the potential of movements advocating consumer liberation and subsistence production, sustainability and regeneration, and they argue for an acceptance of limits and reciprocity and a rejection of exploitation, the endless commoditization of needs, and violence.
Contents
Foreword by Ariel Salleh
Preface to the 'Critique Influence Change' edition
1. Introduction: Why We Wrote This Book Together
Part 1: Critique and Perspective
2. Reductionism and Regeneration: A Crisis in Science, Vandana Shiva
3. Feminist Research: Science, Violence and Responsibility, Maria Mies
Part 2: Subsistence V. Development
4. The Myth of Catching-up Development, Maria Mies
5. the Impoverishment of the environment: Women and Children Last, Vandana Shiva
6. Who Made nature our Enemy?, Maria Mies
Part 3: The Search for Roots
7. Homeless in the 'Global Village', Vandana Shiva
8. Masculinization of the Motherland, Vandana Shiva
9. Women have no Fatherland, Maria Mies
10. White man's dilemma: His Search for What He has Destroyed, Maria Mies
Part 4: Ecofeminism V. New Areas of Investment through Biotechnology
11. Women's Indigenous Knowledge and Biodiversity Conservation, Vandana Shiva
12. New Reproductive Technologies: Sexist and Racist Implications, Maria Mies
13. From the Individual to the Dividual: the Supermarket of 'Reproductive alternatives' Maria Mies
Part 5: Freedom for Trade or Freedom for Survival
14. Self Determination: The End of a Utopia? Maria Mies
15. GATT, Agriculture and Third World Women, Vandana Shiva
16. The Chipko Women's concept of Freedom, Vandana, Shiva
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