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Ecofeminism

By: Maria Mies (Author), Vandana Shiva (Author)

Zed Books

Paperback | Mar 2014 | Edition: 2 | #212116 | ISBN-13: 9781780325637
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This groundbreaking work is still relevant today. Two of Zed's best known authors, argue that ecological destruction and industrial catastrophes constitute a direct threat to everyday life, the maintenance of which has been made the particular responsibility of women. In both industrialized societies and the developing countries, the new wars the world is experiencing, violent ethnic chauvinisms and the malfunctioning of the economy also pose urgent questions for ecofeminists. Should women see a relationship between patriarchal oppression and the destruction of Nature in the name of profit and progress? How can they counter the violence inherent in these processes? Should they look to a link between the women's movement and other social movements?

Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva offer us a thought-provoking analysis of these and many other issues from a unique North-South perspective. They critique prevailing economic theories, conventional concepts of women's emancipation, the myth of "catching up" development, the philosophical foundations of modern science and technology, and the omission of ethics when discussing so many questions including advances in reproductive technology as well as biotechnology. In constructing their own ecofeminist epistemology and methodology, these two internationally respected feminists and environmental activists look to the potential of movements advocating consumer liberation and subsistence production, sustainability and regeneration; and they argue for an acceptance of limits and reciprocity, and a rejection of exploitation, the endless commoditization of needs, and violence.


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Contents

1. Introduction: Why We Wrote This Book Together

Part 1: Critique and Perspective
2. Reductionism and Regeneration: A Crisis in Science, Vandana Shiva
3. Feminist Research: Science, Violence and Responsibility, Maria Mies

Part 2: Subsistence V. Development
4. The Myth of Catching-up Development, Maria Mies
5. the Impoverishment of the environment: Women and Children Last, Vandana Shiva
6. Who Made nature our Enemy?, Maria Mies

Part 3: The Search for Roots
7. Homeless in the 'Global Village', Vandana Shiva
8. Masculinization of the Motherland, Vandana Shiva
9. Women have no Fatherland, Maria Mies
10. White man's dilemma: His Search for What He has Destroyed, Maria Mies

Part 4: Ecofeminism V. New Areas of Investment through Biotechnology
11. Women's Indigenous Knowledge and Biodiversity Conservation, Vandana Shiva
12. New Reproductive Technologies: Sexist and Racist Implications, Maria Mies
13. From the Individual to the Dividual: the Supermarket of 'Reproductive alternatives' Maria Mies

Part 5: Freedom for Trade or Freedom for Survival
14. Self Determination: The End of a Utopia? Maria Mies
15. GATT, Agriculture and Third World Women, Vandana Shiva
16. The Chipko Women's concept of Freedom, Vandana, Shiva


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Biography

Maria Mies is a Marxist feminist scholar who is renowned for her theory of capitalist-patriarchy, which recognizes third world women and difference. She is a Professor of Sociology at Fachhochschule in Cologne, Germany, but retired from teaching in 1993. Since the late 1960s she has been involved with feminist activism. In 1979, at the Institute of Social Studies in The Hague, she founded the Women and Development program. Mies has written books and articles that deal with topics relating to feminism, third world issues and the environment. Her books include The Lace Makers of Narsapur (Zed Books, 1982), Woman the Last Colony (Zed Books, 1988), The Daughters of Development (Zed Books, 1998), Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale (Zed Books, 1999), and The Subsistence Perspective (Zed Books, 1999)

Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental leader and thinker. Director of the Research Foundation on Science, Technology, and Ecology. In 1993, Shiva won the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize and was awarded the Sydney Peace Prize for her commitment to social justice in 2010. She is the author of over 20 books including Staying Alive (Zed Books, 1989), The Violence of the Green Revolution (Zed Books, 1991), Biodiversity (Zed Books, 1992), Monocultures of the Mind (Zed Books, 1993), Biopolitics (Zed Books, 1995), Stolen Harvest (Zed Books, 2001), Protect or Plunder (Zed Books, 2001), Earth Democracy (Zed Books, 2005), Soil Not Oil (Zed Books, 2009)

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