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Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development

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Vandana Shiva is one of the world's most prominent radical scientists. In Staying Alive she defines the links between ecological crises, colonialism, and the oppression of women. It is a scholarly and polemical plea for the rediscovery of the ‘feminine principle’ in human interaction with the natural world, not as a gender-based quality, rather an organizing principle, a w ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Zed Books (first published December 31st 1988)
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missy jean
Feb 21, 2011 missy jean rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
“To say that women and nature are intimately associated is not to say anything revolutionary. After all, it was precisely just such an assumption that allowed the domination of both women and nature. The new insight provided by rural women in the Third World is that women and nature are associated not in passivity but in creativity and in the maintenance of life… Most work on women and environment in the Third World has focused on women as special victims of environmental degradation. Yet the wo ...more
Milda Longgeita Pinem
Jul 29, 2007 Milda Longgeita Pinem rated it it was amazing
This book talks about the struggling of Indian Women to make the contra mainstream of developmentalism which endangered the ecology in india. Chipko's women are the model for this struggling. They used their local wisdom to maintain the nature. Shiva started from the concept of developmentalism which came from Truman's statement about the prosperity of the first world spreaded to the third world. Shiva saw the negative impacts of the western hegemony especially in ideal concept of development fo ...more
This is a great book. I've been thinking about the forest and science and sustainable life. I want to study the science she calls the "ecological or feminine principal" and avoid reductionist science that forgets everything is connected. Some sections I highlighted while reading:

"The recovery of the feminine principle allows a transcendance and transformation of these patriarchal foundations of maldevelopment. It allows a redefinition of growth and productivity as categories linked to the produc
Aug 02, 2011 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: feminism-gender
I picked up this book because I'm really interested in understanding more about ideas of imposed development versus "poverty"- how poverty is defined and perceived and how true poverty is caused often by the proposed "solutions" to it. I'm interested in the way Shiva sees the issues as gendered.

"It is useful to separate a cultural conception of subsistence living as poverty from the material experience of poverty that is a result of dispossession and deprivation. Culturally perceived poverty nee
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An unusual yet compelling mixure of Hindu mythology and scientific data, this book traces the historical and conceptual roots of development as a project of gender ideology, and analyses how the particular economic assumptions of Western patriarchy, aimed exclusively at profits, have subjugated the more humane assum
Ike Sharpless
A solid introduction to ecofeminism in particular and Shiva's brand of anti-globalization agroecology more generally (although Earth Democracy provides more of an 'entry level' critique). As with most work of this nature, I think this book needs some serious parsing - as in, it's written in academese oppression-speak, and needs to be understood as such - but it contains some key insights about the gendering of science and related issues.
Mar 22, 2009 Karena rated it it was ok
Shelves: nature, society
I just can't get into this "radical" scientific stance. Even though I sympathize and believe in feminism and sustainability (and spirituality), my intuition says there's something wrong here. Black and white feminism?

As another reviewer on Goodreads wrote, "it's written in academese oppression-speak..."
Jun 28, 2012 C. rated it really liked it
I really think this would be improved if she defined her terms. And wasn't so wanky.
Aug 20, 2015 Karim rated it it was ok
The author makes a convincing case for the role woman have in the conservation and sustainable agriculture movement.

But the ultimate disappointment was the "radical scientist" position the author described. Under this label, the author accused the scientific method of "being inherently patriarchal" and even admonished the use of controls in experiments as a destructive patriarchal practice. The evidence used to support these claims was an unrelated criticism of reductionism in science that ignor
May 08, 2013 Nufach rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Why i give five star for this book? Maybe, I can give 3 or 4. But not for this book. Im a girl with economic basic study. I learn about the theory and i suprise that economic history in this world is the story about the kolonialism. I found at almost literature people fighted with another. Why? Just because they need food or money? Or they need something more than it?

Along learn about economic, i know that every people have a motif economic when do something. If they want u to help then, they wi
Setjoeil Asa
Jul 12, 2015 Setjoeil Asa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: feminis dan environmentalis
Awas! Buku ini bisa bikin pembacanya malu. Dua kali malu malah. Pertama, secara umum, malu menjadi manusia. Kedua, secara khusus, malu menjadi laki-laki.
Buku tentang India, kebanyakkan yang sudah saya baca, asyik-asyik. Negeri Bahagia-nya Dominique Lapierre, Yang Maha Kecil-nya Arundhati Roy, dan terakhir buku ini. R. Tagore kapan-kapan. Mungkin.
Apa Orang-orang yang mati kepanasan di India akhir-akhir ini (saya cuma nonton berita) bisa dikaitkan dengan kajian Vandana Shiva ini?
Di dekat-dekat si
Mar 24, 2014 Hoku rated it it was amazing
Dense read. Each sentence packs a punch. Her perspective is utterly enticing and inspiring. Women, ecology, and development seems like it could never be in one sentence--other than an eco-feminist one. The way she dismantles an entire system of thought to blatantly say what we do to our women, as a society, is exactly what we do to our environment makes this worth reading.
Nick Mather
Oct 30, 2011 Nick Mather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shiva's critique of development (which she refers to as maldevelopment) and the western notion of progress is important. In this seminal work, she connects develoment with colonialism and the oppression of women. Her argument, backed up with sufficient facts and figures, is persuasive and moving, challenging readers to rethink development in the global south.
Ruth Feathers
Feb 11, 2016 Ruth Feathers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Initially published in the u.s. in 1988, the book's primary focus is on the impact of corporations and other post-colonial entities on the women of India. Globalization of corporations and their greed for resources have not improved in the almost 30 years since publication, and the book can be read as a common plight for all 2nd and 3rd world women.
Suman Pant
Apr 02, 2016 Suman Pant rated it really liked it
I personally liked this book.

But hard to read, a lot of ranting and kind of gets repetitive. Its not for you if you don't like/understand post modernism, or post modern feminism.
Mar 30, 2011 Hungryfeminist rated it it was amazing
Thorough, moving, informative and incredibly profound. Useful as both a resource on women's approaches to environmental issues, and interesting as a piece on the author's personal POV.
Sep 28, 2016 Skyozlem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ally Hunter
Oct 27, 2010 Ally Hunter rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I just pre-ordered this...can't wait to read it.
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