Description - Feminism and Ecological Communities by Christine Cuomo

Presenting a rethinking of the ecofeminist movement, this text acknowledges the importance of postmodern feminist arguments against ecofeminism whilst presenting a strong case for ecofeminism. The author traces the emergence of ecofeminism from the ecological and feminist movements before clearly discussing the weakness of some ecofeminist positions. Exploring the dualisms of nature/culture and masculine/feminine that are the bulwark of many contemporary ecofeminist positions and questioning traditional feminist analyses of gender and caring, the book asks whether women are essentially closer to nature than men and whether we are right to link the oppression of women and minority groups to the degradation of nature. The author addresses these key issues by drawing on recent work in feminist ethics as well as the work of diverse figures such as Aristotle, John Dewey and Donna Haraway.

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