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Susan Buckingham

In: The SAGE Handbook of Nature: Three Volume Set

Chapter 37: Introduction to Part Eight: Gendered Nature and Ecofeminism

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Introduction to Part Eight: Gendered Nature and Ecofeminism
Introduction to Part Eight: Gendered Nature and Ecofeminism
Susan Buckingham
Introduction

The concept underpinning ecofeminism is that we – society – have to find a way of living with non-human nature sustainably and well, and in which there is true gender equality. It calls into question the unequal distribution of power underpinning gender relations, and argues that achieving a sustainable environment cannot be achieved without dismantling gendered power structures and processes. In other words, how we treat each other and nature is mutually constitutive. Ecofeminism has generated much debate, and has inspired many people – mainly women – to reconsider human beings’ relationship with nature from a gendered perspective. It has inspired and been influential in activist and political ...

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