Should women see a relationship between patriarchal oppression and the destruction of Nature in the name of profit and progress? How can they counter the violence inherent in these processes? Should they look to a link between the women's movement and other social movements?
The authors offer an analysis of such issues from a unique North-South perspective. They critique prevailing economic theories, conventional concepts of women's emancipation, the myth of 'catching up' development, the philosophical foundations of modern science and technology, and the omission of ethics when discussing so many questions including advances in reproductive technology.
In constructing their own ecofeminist epistemology and methodology, they look at movements advocating consumer liberation, subsistence production and sustainability , and argue for an acceptance of limits and reciprocity and the endless commoditification of needs. A book as relevant today as when it was first published.
Vandana Shiva is an Indian environmental activist and anti-globalization author. She has received honors around the world for her work.
Maria Mies is a Professor of Sociology in Cologne, Germany, and author of several feminist books.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Why We Wrote This Book Together PART I: CRITIQUE AND PERSPECTIVE 2. Reductionism and Regeneration: A Crisis in Science; Vandana Shiva 3. Feminist Research: Science, Violence and Responsibility; Maria Mies PART II: SUBSISTENCE VS. DEVELOPMENT 4. The Myth of Catching-up Development; Maria Mies 5. the Impoverishment of the environment: Women and Children Last; Vandana Shiva 6. Who Made nature our Enemy?; Maria Mies PART III: THE SEARCH FOR ROOTS 7. Homeless in the 'Global Village'; Vandana Shiva 8. Masculinization of the Motherland; Vandana Shiva 9. Women have no Fatherland; Maria Mies 10. White man's dilemma: His Search for What He has Destroyed; Maria Mies PART IV: ECOFEMINISM VS. NEW AREAS OF INVESTMENT THROUGH BIOTECHNOLOGY 11. Women's Indigenous Knowledge and Biodiversity Conservation; Vandana Shiva 12. New Reproductive Technologies: Sexist and Racist Implications; Maria Mies 13. From the Individual to the Dividual: the Supermarket of 'Reproductive alternatives'; Maria Mies PART V: FREEDOM FOR TRADE OR FREEDOM FOR SURVIVAL 14. Self Determination: The End of a Utopia?; Maria Mies 15. GATT, Agriculture and Third World Women; Vandana Shiva 16. The Chipko Women's concept of Freedom; Vandana, Shiva