RELG 270 - Critiquing Ecofeminism

RELG 270 - Critiquing Ecofeminism - RELG 270 Critiquing...

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RELG 270 Critiquing Ecofeminism Internal Critics and Critiques Feminists and environmental activists who may or may not consider themselves ecofeminists Primary subject of critique is ecofeminism in post-industrialized, usually Western, contexts Abstract, philosophical, and practical considerations Framework: Biehl's Critique Western ethnocentrism Excessive critique science; "irrationality" Essentialism or determinism Conflation of social constructions and natural categories Lack of coherence and systematization Lack of practical ethical and political application "Western" Ethnocentrism Idea that all environmental problems grow solely from Western philosophy and culture Tokenism; appropriation of the non-Western Universalization of the experiences of socially privileged "Western" women Western-based ecofeminist ideals as global solution to multiple environmental problems Ignores diversity in views of gender and nature Irrationality? Uncritical, categorical rejection of "rationalism" and embrace of "alternative modalities"
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