Pub. date: 2006 | Online Pub. Date: June 22, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781848608023 | Print ISBN: 9780761943907 | Online ISBN: 9781848608023| Publisher:SAGE Publications LtdAbout this handbook
Chapter 22: The Natural World and the Nature of Gender
The natural world and the nature of gender This chapter presents a survey on how the field of gender studies approaches research on the environment and environmental problems. The survey is divided into three main sections. The first elucidates the principal theoretical debates on women and nature, presenting the main epistemological approaches on (post-)gender and the environment. The second identifies the main gender issues and gives some examples of research in this field. The third is a brief outlook on upcoming challenges to this research field in gender studies. The whole chapter focuses on questions of integrating gender into interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary social-ecological research. ‘Environment’ is a scientific and political category that includes the question, Whose environment? In contrast, ‘nature’ is primarily a philosophical category and one common to everyday life. Contemplating ‘nature’ raises the question, What is not nature? Is culture ‘not’ nature? Is society? Rationality? Men? Technology? God? ...