The study of gender and environmental politics is the hypothesis that men and women have differing relationships with the nonhuman world. Men and women politically engage with environmental change differently, and environmental change affects men and women differently. These relational differences are far from passive. Human relationships with the environment are defined by rights, access, use, obligations, and control. Changes in these relationships—through abuse and degradation, structured development or natural disaster—tend to produce different outcomes in the lives of men and women.

According to this perspective, the fusion of gender and environmental politics is a field of both theory and practice. On the theoretical front, inquiry stems from the traditions of feminist scholarship. The first wave of scholarship called for attention to inequalities between men and ...

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