Beyond Mothering Earth Ecological Citizenship and the Politics of Care

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BEYOND MOTHERING EARTH ECOLOGICAL CITIZENSHIP AND THE POLITICS OF CARE

SHERILYN MACGREGOR

UBC Press

REVIEW BY REGGIE MODLICH

The North, we are told, has a greater responsibility for causing and, therefore, for potentially mitigating looming climate changes. It is fitting, then, that in Beyond Mothering Earth, a white, middle-class feminist from the North provides a feminist analysis of eco-feminist and environmentalist theories while offering a positive direction for the future.

Sharilyn MacGregor touches many deeply felt experiences and quandaries that affect women like me who are environmentalists. Her focus is caring, from domestic chores to mothering. She notes, for example, that some eco-feminists have attributed their concern for the environment to their maternal attributes as women. This can become a treacherous concept if it is used to define women by their biology, absolving men and, for that matter, the public sphere as a whole from taking responsibility for caring for the planet and humanity.

MacGregor believes that environmentalists must loudly protest the loud neo-liberal choir which seeks to assign responsibility for caring forthe planet to individuals and their lifestyles: i. …