• Erika Cudworth


We live in an age where social and political theory is struggling to come to terms with both diverse changes and a multiplicity of difference. Ecofeminism is well placed to consider and confront a range of social inequalities and to theorize shifting formations of power. Ecofeminism can most simply be defined as a range of perspectives that consider the links between the social organization of gender and the ways in which societies are organized with respect to “nature.” The most significant contribution of ecofeminism is the understanding of multiple kinds of social domination, of exclusion and inclusion based on varieties of hierarchies of difference (around class, “race” and place for example, in addition to gender) which both cross cut each other and enmesh, and which shape environment-society relations in important ways. The point of ecofeminist theory is to map the connections, the means by which formations and practices of difference and domination interlock. Such a project requires that we investigate possible points of unravelling of the tapestry of domination, and map the trajectories of strong and fast threads. The challenges to this project are many and varied, and this book, I hope, constitutes a strong defence of ecofeminism against its critics.


Political Theory Causal Power Social Difference Dominatory Power Deep Ecology 
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© Erika Cudworth 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Erika Cudworth
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  1. 1.University of East LondonUK

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