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 as neoliberal governments download life-sustaining work to the voluntary sector.In Beyond Mothering Earth, Sherilyn MacGregor argues that celebrations of "earth care" 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. Her interdisciplinary analysis not only breaks through hierarchical ways of conceptualizing gender, nature, and civic virtue, but also breaks new ground for reconceptualizing the category "citizen."
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