The politics of women and nature: affinity, contingency or material relation?

Mellor, Mary (1996) The politics of women and nature: affinity, contingency or material relation? Journal of Political Ideologies, 1 (2). pp. 147-164. ISSN 1356-9317

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Abstract

Ecofeminism asserts that there is a relationship between the subordination and oppression of women and the exploitation and degradation of the natural world. Ecofeminists who draw on radical/cultural feminism tend to see this relationship as a near essentialist affinity between women and nature. Those who draw on social constructivist models of feminism see it as a historical and socially contingent relationship. This paper argues that the division between these two views can be overcome by seeing the relationship between women and the natural world as a material one and that ecofeminism provides the basis of a new radical social theory as well as a political movement.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L200 Politics
L900 Others in Social studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2015 16:18
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:19
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/18895

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