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Ecofeminism : towards integrating the concerns of women, poor people and nature into development

Nhanenge, Jytte

Titre : Ecofeminism : towards integrating the concerns of women, poor people and nature into development

Auteur : Nhanenge, Jytte

Université de soutenance : University of South Africa

Grade : Masters of Arts in Development Studies 2007

Résumé
Ecofeminism perceives an interconnection between the domination of women and poor people, and the domination of nature. This domination is founded on modern, Western, patriarchal, dualised structures, which subordinate all considered as "the other" compared to the superior masculine archetype. Hence, all feminine is seen as inferior and may therefore be exploited. This is presently manifested in the neo-liberal economic development ideal. Its global penetration generates huge economic profits, which are reaped by Northern and Southern elites, while its devastating crises of poverty, violence, environmental destruction, and human rights abuses makes life increasingly unmanageable for Southern women, poor people and nature. Feminism and ecology have therefore come together aiming at liberating women, poor people and nature. They want to change the dualised, reductionist perception of reality into a holistic cosmology. Ecofeminism consequently aims to integrate the concerns of women, poor people and nature into development.

Mots clés : ecofeminism ; feminism ; women, environment and development ; gender issues ; poverty issues ; global crises ; patriarchal domination ; post-modernism ; post-development ; development theory ; environmental ethics ; development ethics ; feminist critique of science, economics and technology ; Smuts’ holism ; yin and yang ; systems theory ; alternative world-views ; ecological movements ; Green Belt movement ; Chipko movemen

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