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Beyond Mothering Earth

Ecological Citizenship and the Politics of Care

In Beyond Mothering Earth, Sherilyn MacGregor argues that celebrations of “earthcare” as women’s unique contribution to the search for sustainability often neglect to consider the importance of politics and citizenship in women’s lives. Drawing on interviews with women who juggle private caring with civic engagement in quality-of-life concerns, she proposes an alternative: a project of feminist ecological citizenship that affirms the practice of citizenship as an intrinsically valuable activity while allowing foundational aspects of caring labour and natural processes to flourish. Beyond Mothering Earth provides an original and empirically grounded understanding of women’s involvement in quality-of-life activism and an analysis of citizenship that makes an important contribution to contemporary discussions of green politics, globalization, neoliberalism, and democratic justice.

296 pages

Table of Contents


1 Introduction: Earthcare or Feminist Ecological Citizenship?

Part One: Theoretical Interrogations

2 The Roots and Rhetoric of Ecomaternalism

3 Down among the Women: Ecofeminism and Identity Politics at the Grassroots

4 From Care to Citizenship: Calling Ecofeminism Back to Politics

5 The Problems and Possibilities of Ecological Citizenship

Part Two: Conversations

6 Conversations with Activist Women: Towards a Counter-Narrative

7 The Private, the Public, and the Planet: Juggling Care and Activism in Daily Life

8 Activist Women Theorize the Green Political

9 No Motherhood Issue: The Project of Feminist Ecological Citizenship

Appendix: Research Process and Methods




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