Eco-Sufficiency and Global Justice : Women write political ecology

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Ariel Salleh (ed.), London & New York : Pluto Press, 2009

Commendations Vandana Shiva, Foundation for Science, Technology & Ecology, New Delhi Richard Norgaard, Professor of Energy and Resources, UC Berkeley Peter Dickens, Cambridge University, author of Society & Nature Lim Li Ching, Third World Network, Kuala Lumpur

As the twenty-first century faces a crisis of democracy and sustainability, this book brings academics and alternative globalisation activists into conversation. Through studies of neoliberalism, ecological debt, climate change, and the ongoing devaluation of reproductive and subsistence labour, these uncompromising essays by internationally distinguished women thinkers expose the limits of current scholarship in political economy, ecological economics, and sustainability science.

With in-depth analyses of climate change, MDGs, financial meltdown, and new theoretical concepts for understanding humanity-nature links, the essays reveal the workings of an invisible but sustaining ’meta-industrial economy’, an understanding of which is critical for social and environmental justice to be achieved.

The book is a must read for anyone committed to building alternatives and will be indispensable to students of political economy, ethics, global studies, sociology, women’s studies, and geography.



1 - Ecological Debt : Embodied Debt Ariel Salleh


Extract : Veronika Bennholdt Thomsen and Maria Mies, The Subsistence Perspective

2 - The Devaluation of Women’s Labour Silvia Federici

3 - Who is the ‘He’ of He Who Decides in Economic Discourse ? Ewa Charkiewicz

4 - The Diversity Matrix : Relationship and Complexity Susan Hawthorne


Extract : Carolyn Merchant, Earthcare

5 - Development for Some is Violence for Others Nalini Nayak

6 - Nuclearised Bodies and Militarised Space Zohl de Ishtar

7 - Women and Deliberative Water Management Andrea Moraes and Ellie Perkins


Extract : Hilkka Pietila, ’Ontological Presuppositions’

8 - Mainstreaming Trade and Millennium Development Goals ? Gig Francisco and Peggy Antrobus

9 - Policy and the Measure of Woman Marilyn Waring

10 - Feminist Ecological Economics in Theory and Practice Sabine U. O’Hara


Extract : Teresa Brennan, Exhausting Modernity

11 - Who Pays for Kyoto Protocol ? Selling Oxygen and Selling Sex Ana Isla

12 - How Global Warming is Gendered Meike Spitzner

13 - Women and the Abuja Declaration for Energy Sovereignty Leigh Brownhill and Terisa E. Turner


Extract : Vandana Shiva, Earth Democracy

14 Ecofeminist Political Economy and the Politics of Money Mary Mellor

15 - Saving Women : Saving the Commons

16 - From Eco-Sufficiency to Global Justice Ariel Salleh