Feminist Intersections with Environmentalism and Ecological Thought

Authored by: Trish Glazebrook

The Routledge Companion to Feminist Philosophy

Print publication date:  May  2017
Online publication date:  May  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138795921
eBook ISBN: 9781315758152
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315758152-35

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Abstract

Feminism has intersected with environmentalism and ecological thinking since the 1970s. Concerning method, both feminists and ecofeminists recognize the value of empirical data, and re-conceive epistemic authority in terms of narrative voice. Ecofeminism deploys feminist conclusions in environmental philosophy where justice-based analysis shows that women suffer disproportionate economic and other harms in consequence of environmental degradation. As a standpoint issue, women bring unique perspectives to environmental issues, and their women’s cultural location situates them well to critique prevailing norms. Ecofeminism draws insights from feminist policy analysis: functional policy cannot address environmental problems without challenging women’s marginalization and incorporating information on their daily living conditions. Ecofeminism brings novel research to growing bodies of literature that assess strategies for gender-sensitive policy and recognize women’s resilience, as well as the remedial potential of their approaches.

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