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Ecofeminism

4.01  ·  Rating Details ·  197 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Two of Zed's best-known authors, one an economist, the other a physicist and philosopher, come together in this book on a controversial environmental agenda. Using interview material, they bring together women's perspectives from North and South on environmental deterioration and develop and new way of approaching this body of knowledge which is at once practical and philo ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 15th 1993 by Zed Books (first published September 27th 1993)
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Natalie
I keep wavering between 4 and 5 stars. (When is goodreads going to add that 1/2 star option?!)

Undoubtedly, a very important book.

I do think it loses steam during the second half. The first chapters and sections were where they pulled all their big punches - their great joint introduction, Shiva's criticism of the classical scientific paradigm, Mies' brilliant analysis of "catching-up" development. I was less excited about Mies' discussion regarding reproductive technologies, which felt less rel
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Ryan Mishap
Oct 23, 2008 Ryan Mishap rated it it was amazing
You. read. Now.

Why the co-author, Vandana Shiva isn't listed in this heading, I have no idea. Smacks of some problem, there.

Anyway, this is an awesome introduction to eco-feminism that avoids the new age crap of other anthologies and introductions. This is telling it straight, from an anarchist feminist from Germany and an indigenous activist from India. The global north-south perspectives provide a more rounded and view from the bottom-up than most eco-feminist books that tend to come solely fr
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Tabitha
Nov 16, 2009 Tabitha rated it really liked it
Recently I have read several books about Ecofeminism and this one has by far been my favorite. The book is a joint effort by Mies and Shiva, a Western and an Eastern, and I find the collaboration of this differing world views as essential to the book's attempt to present a whole picture of the issues within Ecofeminism.
Tinea
Mar 19, 2008 Tinea rated it it was ok
Recommended to Tinea by: "Globalized Sexualities" class
The problem with reading seminal works late in your study of a subject is that the ideas presented in the original are not only old news, but the ideas themselves have been critiqued and reworked so much over time that the original revolutionary work appears clumsy, dull, and oftentimes misguided.

I didn't read all the chapters in this book and may spend some more time on it later, but overall I was uninspired. Shiva and Mies fail to make a biting case for what distinguishes ecofeminism from envi
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Quinton Babcock
Dec 04, 2016 Quinton Babcock rated it it was amazing
Whether due to its age or its authors, Ecofeminism provides a perspective that is -in some ways- better suited to those whose niche is post-colonial thought than to those whose niche is feminist theory.

For this reason, I think this is a valuable read which provides a case for ecofeminism that is reasonably independent of the confines of other feminist philosophies.
Orla
Sep 18, 2016 Orla rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eco-feminism draws important connections between feminism, racism, economic oppression and the environment rather than treating them as stand alone issues.

But it also makes intellectual leaps, such as to assume that violence against women has greatly increased, citing a 87% increase in rape cases in India between 1971 and 2011, without any mention or account of social changes that make it more likely that sexual assault will be reported rather than treated as normal or the politization of viole
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Meilati
Dec 21, 2014 Meilati rated it liked it
Actually, saya baca ini karena tuntutan bikin skripsi. Tapi by the way, buku ini bagus buat pemula supaya bisa lihat ecofeminism itu dari dua pandangan Barat dan Timur ataupun Utara dan Selatan. Anyway thanks to Vandana Shiva dan Maria Mies untuk pencerahannya, ;)
C.
In all honesty, this did not make a cohesive, comprehensive, compelling, convincing argument for ecofeminism - it was not well-enough written for that. But so many of the ideas were amazing, and, more importantly, genuinely new to me, that I have to say that I loved it.
Rizki
Dec 31, 2010 Rizki rated it it was amazing
I read this when I took a class in 'Women and Politics'. The book was inspiring. Ecofeminism is amazing, especially because this book encompass not just a typical 'European/American/White' female perspective, but also more global with various issues related to politics and environment.
Amber
Jun 03, 2009 Amber rated it it was ok
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While the theories in this book are great and the women behind it are inspiring, I found this book very hard to read and much more academic than enjoyable.
April
Jan 27, 2013 April rated it really liked it
There are some redundancies in this book as well as in Staying Alive, but, overall, this is a thought provoking piece on ecofeminism.
Tim Phan-Nguyen
Jan 07, 2012 Tim Phan-Nguyen rated it it was amazing
A very prophetic, insightful, and relevant classic. It has helped shape my views as they are today. Highly recommended for open and inquisitive minds.
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Completely brilliant.
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