Introduction To Part II

Authored by: Anne Coles , Leslie Gray , Janet Momsen

The Routledge Handbook of Gender and Development

Print publication date:  February  2015
Online publication date:  February  2015

Print ISBN: 9780415829083
eBook ISBN: 9780203383117
Adobe ISBN: 9781134094714


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Both academic and practitioner views of women’s engagement with the environment have shifted over the years, from a women and environment focus that portrayed women as having a natural, inherent, and altruistic relationship to nature to an emphasis on the gendered nature of access and control of resources, resource policies and politics, and management (see chapter by Elmhirst in Part I). This shift has reflected a more critical turn to approaches emerging from the field of political ecology that focus on “gender and the environment” rather than “women and the environment” (Elmhirst 2011; Jackson 1993).

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