Leading feminist scholars and activists as well as new voices introduce and explore themes central to contemporary ecofeminism. Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth first offers an historical, grounding overview that situates ecofeminist theory and activism and provides a timeline for important publications and events. This is followed by contributions from leading theorists and activists on how our emotions and embodiment can and must inform our relationships with the more than human world. In the final section, the contributors explore the complexities of appreciating difference and the possibilities of living less violently. Throughout the book, the authors engage with intersections of gender and gender non-conformity, race, sexuality, disability, and species. The result is a new up-to-date resource for students and teachers of animal studies, environmental studies, feminist/gender studies, and practical ethics.
A new introduction and resource, featuring pioneering scholars in the field, for anyone studying the intersections of feminist theory, environmental studies and animal studies.
Ecofeminism: Feminist Intersections with Other Animals and the Earth both honors the passing of ecofeminist scholar Marti Kheel and demonstrates that ecofeminism and its emphasis on care, emotion, affect, and compassion, are more relevant than ever today. The essays in this collection go far beyond the classic works in the field, addressing the history of ecofeminism, its ethical components, the nature of our relationships with other animals, and addresses issues like ableism, white supremacy, colonialism, patriarchy, heteronormativity, as well as speciesism. Ecofeminism is a must-read for both feminist and animal rights activists and scholars and is destined to become a new classic in the field. -- Margo DeMello, Program Director for Human-Animal Studies, Animals & Society Institute, USA This provocative new anthology is to be warmly welcomed for the diversity of its voices and the breadth of its critical analyses and agenda. Ecofeminism encompasses theory and lived experience at the multiple and sometimes contested intersections of gender identity, disability rights, race, and animal advocacy. -- Martin Rowe, Author of The Polar Bear in the Zoo: A Speculation This volume demonstrates why ecofeminism is the most important politics of our time. Richly interdisciplinary and provocative in the very best ways - at times playful and humorous too - Ecofeminism presents fresh, invigorating and inspirational scholarship on the intersecting relationships between humankind and the other than human world. It is crucial reading for anyone who cares about making a positive difference to the well-being of this planet and its beautifully diverse inhabitants. Adams and Gruen have also produced a fitting tribute to the legacy of Marti Kheel. -- Annie Potts, Associate Professor and Co-Director of New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies, University of Canterbury, New Zealand In bringing together a variety of voices, Ecofeminism provides us with valuable insights into an important approach to advocating for justice-an approach that makes fundamental connections between complex issues. As a woman of color working at the intersections of social justice, I quickly identified with many of the ideas here and felt like I was not alone. Readers will learn a lot from this empowering book. -- lauren Ornelas, Founder and Executive Director, Food Empowerment Project, USA
Carol J. Adams has published extensively on vegetarianism and veganism, animal advocacy, domestic violence, and sexual abuse. Her many books include the pioneering The Sexual Politics of Meat. www.caroljadams.com Lori Gruen is Professor of Philosophy, Environmental Studies, and Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Wesleyan University, USA, where she also coordinates Wesleyan Animal Studies. She is the author most recently of Ethics and Animals: An Introduction and the editor of five books.
Acknowledgements Notes on Contributors List of Illustrations Introduction: Carol J. Adams, USA and Lori Gruen, Wesleyan University, USA 1. Groundwork: Carol J. Adams, USA and Lori Gruen, Wesleyan University, USA Part 1 Affect 2. Compassion and Being Human: Deane Curtin, Gustavus Adolphus College, USA 3. Joy: Deborah Slicer, University of Montana, USA 4. Participatory Epistemology, Sympathy, and Animal Ethics: Josephine Donovan, University of Maine, USA 5. Eros and the Mechanisms of Eco-Defense: pattrice jones, Minneapolis Community & Technical College, USA 6. Vulnerability and Dependency and the Ethics of Care: Sunny Taylor, New York University, USA 7. Facing Death and Practicing Grief: Lori Gruen, Wesleyan University, USA Part 2 Context 8. Caring Cannibals: Testing Contextual Edibility for Speciesism: Ralph Acampora, Hofstra University, USA 9. Inter-Animal Moral Conflicts and Moral Repair: A Contextualized Ecofeminism Approach in Action: Karen S. Emmerman, University of Washington, USA 10. The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Michael Vick: Claire Kim, University of California, Irvine, USA 11. Ecofeminism and Veganism-Revisiting the Question of Universalism: Richard Twine, University of London, United Kingdom 12. Why a Pig? A reclining nude reveals the intersections of race, sex, slavery, and species: Carol J. Adams, USA 13. Toward New EcoMasculinities, EcoGenders, and EcoSexualities: Greta Gaard, University of Wisconsin-River Falls, USA References Index