Introducing new feminist political ecologies

Elmhirst, Rebecca (2011) Introducing new feminist political ecologies Geoforum, 42 (2). pp. 129-132. ISSN 0016-7185

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Political Ecology is firmly established as an important area of enquiry within Geography that attends to many of the most important questions of our age, including the politics of environmental degradation and conservation, the neoliberalisation of nature and ongoing rounds of accumulation, enclosure and dispossession, focusing on access and control of resources, and environmental struggles around knowledge and power, justice and governance. This short introductory paper considers how feminists working in this field of enquiry consider the gender dimension to such issues, and how political ecologies might intersect with a feminist objectives, strategies and practices: a focus for early iterations of a promising sub-field, labelled Feminist Political Ecology. It considers a number of epistemological, political and practical challenges that together may account for the relatively limited number of works that self-identify as feminist political ecology. Whilst this has made it difficult for Feminist Political Ecology to gain purchase as a sub-field within the political ecology cannon, this introductory piece highlights fruitful new ways that developments in feminist thinking enrich work in this field, evident in a flowering of recent publications.

Item Type: Journal article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Feminist political ecology; Political ecology; Gender; Subjectivity; Scale; Embodiment
Subjects: L000 Social Sciences > L700 Human and Social Geography
DOI (a stable link to the resource): 10.1016/j.geoforum.2011.01.006
Faculties: Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology
Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Environment and Technology > Society, Space and Environment
Depositing User: editor environment
Date Deposited: 20 Jun 2011 10:33
Last Modified: 17 Mar 2015 14:05

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