Women's environmental activism is often described in
maternalist terms - as if motherhood and caring for the
environment go hand in hand. While feminists celebrate this connection,
women and all those who care for people and environments are facing
increasing burdens and decreasing time for civic engagement.
In Beyond Mothering Earth, MacGregor argues that
celebrations of "earthcare" as women's unique
contribution to the search for sustainability often neglect to consider
the importance of politics and citizenship in women's lives.
Drawing on interviews with women who juggle private caring with civic
engagement in quality-of-life concerns, she proposes an alternative: a
project of feminist ecological citizenship that affirms the practice of
citizenship as an intrinsically valuable activity while recognizing the
foundational aspects of caring labour and natural processes that allow
its specificity to flourish.
Beyond Mothering Earth provides an original and empirically
grounded understanding of women's involvement in quality-of-life
activism and an analysis of citizenship that makes an important
contribution to contemporary discussions of green politics,
globalization, neoliberalism, and democratic justice. It will be of
value to scholars and activists interested in the politics of
environmental sustainability and the shifting meanings of citizenship
in an increasingly vulnerable world.
Sherilyn MacGregor received her PhD from the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University in Toronto. She is currently a lecturer in the School of Politics, International Relations, and Philosophy at Keele University in the UK.
Acknowledgments 1. Introduction: Earthcare or Feminist Ecological Citizenship? Part One: Theoretical Interrogations 2. The Roots and Rhetoric of Ecomaternalism 3. Down among the Women: Ecofeminism and Identity Politics at the Grassroots 4. From Care to Citizenship: Calling Ecofeminism Back to Politics 5. The Problems and Possibilities of Ecological Citizenship Part Two: Conversations 6. Conversations with Activist Women: Towards a Counter-Narrative 7. The Private, the Public, and the Planet: Juggling Care and Activism in Daily Life 8. Activist Women Theorize the Green Political 9. No Motherhood Issue: The Project of Feminist Ecological Citizenship Appendix: Research Process and Methods Notes References Index