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Feminist Political Ecology

  • By: Dianne E. Rocheleau
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Feminist political ecology is an emerging interdisciplinary field of study that has grown out of gaps and convergences between political ecology, women's studies, environmental justice, and feminist development studies. It first appeared as a series of dispersed, parallel efforts to address the overlap between theory and practice across the academy and a diversity of social movements, spanning feminist, environmental, and development alternatives concerns. The explicit introduction of the term feminist political ecology in the 1990s was a conscious effort to join the ecological feminism and feminist cultural studies of science in Europe and North America with critical approaches to gender and development and sustainable development and to bring a feminist sensibility and analysis to the new and expanding field of political ecology.

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