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Ecofeminism as Politics

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Foreword by John Clark Foreword by Vandana Shiva Preface to the First Edition Introduction to the Twentieth Anniversary Edition Part I: Women and Ecopolitics 1. Ecology Reframes History 2. Ecofeminist Actions Part II: An Embodied Materialism 3. Body Logic: 1/0 Culture 4. Man/Woman=Nature 5. For and Against Marx 6. The Deepest Contradiction Part III: Making Postcolonial Sense 7. When Feminism Fails 8. Terra Nullius 9. A Barefoot Epistemology 10. As Energy/Labour Flows 11. Agents of Complexity 12. Beyond Virtual Movements Interview: Embodied Materialism in Action

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Ariel Salleh is a founding member of the Global University for Sustainability, Hong Kong; Visiting Professor in Culture, Philosophy & Environment, Nelson Mandela University; 2013 Senior Fellow in Post-Growth Societies, Friedrich Schiller University Jena: and Research Associate in Political Economy, University of Sydney. She taught in Social Ecology at the University of Western Sydney for a number of years; and has lectured at many schools including NYU; ICS, Manila; York University, Toronto; and Lund. Salleh's theoretical work builds on activist experience in anti-nuclear politics, water catchments, biodiversity protection, and support for Asia-Pacific women's eco-sufficient community alternatives. She cofounded the Movement Against Uranium Mining in Australia; The Greens; has served on the Australian Government's Gene Technology Ethics Committee; International Sociological Association Research Committee for Environment & Society; and various journal editorial boards. Her ideas are developed in the books Ecofeminism as Politics: nature, Marx, and the postmodern (1997), Eco-Sufficiency & Global Justice: women write political ecology (2009), and some 200 chapters and articles in Capitalism Nature Socialism, Globalizations, Environmental Ethics, Arena, Journal of World Systems Research, New Left Review, Organization & Environment, Environmental Politics, and The Commoner. Salleh's transdisciplinary analysis is seminal to political ecology as the study of humanity-nature relations. As an early eco-socialist formulation, her embodied materialism emphasises the political economy of reproductive or regenerative labour in the world system. By restoring value to local everyday care giving and indigenous livelihood skills, she re-orients social justice and sustainability debates on water, climate, and the neoliberal green economy.


`The combination of eco-socialist, feminist and decolonial perspectives is analytically and politically thrilling. Ecofeminism as Politics offers an integrative understanding of our world, its multiple processes and crises, and possibilities for change.' Ulrich Brand, political scientist, University of Vienna, and co-author of Theorizing the Imperial Mode of Living `Neoliberalism has not eliminated poverty, nor discrimination of women, nor exploitation of the Earth; neither economists, politicians, nor theoreticians know a way out. Marxists ignore both nature's and women's contribution to the production of wealth, but as ecofeminists show, this is the lost key to building Another World.' Maria Mies, ecofeminist activist and author of Patriarchy and Accumulation on a World Scale `One of the most original and important thinkers in the international political ecology field; Ariel Salleh unveils the blind spot at the root of contemporary ecological and social crises and her lucid call for an `embodied materialism' enlightens like no other framework I know.' Arturo Escobar, anthropologist, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and author of Designs for the Pluriverse `This challenge to feminists, Marxists, and environmentalists, is sustained by a deep knowledge of struggles on the ground by women's, worker's, indigenous, and ecological groups. As integrative political actions are called for, their effectiveness depends on multi-dimensional theory; and here is Salleh's contribution.' Lau Kin Chi, Cultural Studies, Lingnan University, Hong Kong, and founding member of the Global University for Sustainability `Ecofeminism as Politics makes a powerful critique of both anthropocentrism and the androcentric thinking that permeates scholarship and activist discourses on the Left. Its social movement synthesis is an essential read for those seeking solutions to our deepening systemic crises.' Jackie Smith, Sociology, University of Pittsburgh, and editor of the Journal of World-Systems Research `Ariel Salleh's explanation of how "environmental struggle is socialist struggle is feminist struggle" sets the standard for intersectional study of the crises we face in nature, economy and society - from global climate to household. In her praxis epistemology and labours for repair of the humanity-nature metabolism, we find the most passionate, humbling truths.' Patrick Bond, political economist, University of Witwatersrand School of Governance, South Africa `Ecofeminism as Politics has pioneered the integration of social movement debates, and its dialectical approach viewing these concerns as internally related is pathbreaking. Ariel Salleh is a must-read authority on how to challenge capitalism in theory and as practice in the twenty-first century'. Adam David Morton, University of Sydney, author of Revolution and State in Modern Mexico Praise for the First Edition: 'I place Ariel Salleh's scholarship in the front rank with the work of other socialist ecofeminists such as Vandana Shiva or ecofeminists generally like Rosemary Ruether and Susan Griffin.' Max Oelschlaeger, philosopher, author of Caring for Creation and editor of Postmodern Environmental Ethics 'In a feisty attack on the view of feminism and environmentalism as single issue, disconnected movements, Ariel Salleh convincingly argues that ecofeminist politics will be the strongest force in the world against environmental depredation, economic exploitation and cultural globalisation.' Joan Martinez-Alier, editor of Ecologica Politica and author of Ecological Economics

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