Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Book Reviews -- Ecofeminism: Women, Animals, Nature by Greta Gaard

Academic journal article Journal of Comparative Family Studies

Book Reviews -- Ecofeminism: Women, Animals, Nature by Greta Gaard

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GAARD, Greta, ed., ECOFEMINISM: Women, Animals, Nature. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Temple University Press, 1993, 331 pp., $ 44.95 hardcover, $19.95 softcover.

Ecofeminism is a theory that springs from various fields of feminist inquiry and activism, including peace movements, labor movements, women's health care, and the anti-nuclear, environmental, and animal liberation movements. It asserts the fundamental interconnectedness of all life, and attempts to provide an inclusive and global analysis of oppression in its various manifestations: race, class, gender, sexuality, physical abilities, species and nature. Ecofeminism views conventional feminisms (those covered in feminist theory texts) as being narrow in their exclusive or near-exclusive concern with the oppression of women. Ecofeminists urge recognition of the fact that all oppressions derive from the same source, and that women will be liberated only in the context of a more general and global liberation of all that is oppressed.

Among the issues addressed in this collection edited by Greta Gaard are the conflicts between green politics and ecofeminism, various applications of ecofeminist theory, the relationship of animal liberation to ecofeminism, harmful implications of the romanticized woman-nature association in Western culture, and cultural limitations of ecofeminism. …

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