This Elusive Land provides an introduction to the literature about women and the environment in Canada. It looks at the ways in which women integrate the social and biophysical settings of their lives, and features a range of contexts in which gender mediates, inspires, and informs a sense of belonging to and in this land.Drawing from geographical, historical, and cultural perspectives, the volume reveals the significance of women's experiences in various landscapes and addresses a number of questions: How are women politically active in developing environmental and resource policy? How are women's positions in the family, the community, and the labour force mediated by the environment? What would a feminist environmental perspective look like, especially in the Canadian context? And finally, and perhaps most important, does a feminist perspective enable us to better know, understand, and value the Canadian environment, and if so, how?A timely and highly relevant discussion of the dynamic relationship between gender and environment, this book also informs readers of the ways in which both physical and social landscapes continue to evolve.
Melody Hessing is a member of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Douglas College. Rebecca Raglon teaches in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia. Catriona Sandilands is an associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Canadian Research Chair in Sustainability and Culture at York University.