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Feminist Environmental Geographies

  • By: Julie Urbanik
  • In: Encyclopedia of Geography
  • Edited by: Barney Warf
  • Subject:General Geography, Earth & Environmental Science

Feminist environmental geographies seek to make explicit the spatial topographies of gendered relations with the natural world. Studies have focused on the ways in which women's relationships with nature have been enabled or constrained and how male-dominated social-economic power structures have perpetuated environmental harm. This perspective draws on traditions within and outside geographic subdisciplines including political ecology, landscape studies, political economy, animal geographies, feminist geographies, and feminist environmentalisms. Some of the earliest work in this area began in the early 1980s with a focus on landscape studies, but in the early 1990s, a call to focus specifically on the connections between women, nature, and geographies was made by Cathy Nesmith and Sarah Radcliffe. They outlined three major strands of research: (1) nature, culture, and gender; ...

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