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This Elusive Land: Women and the Canadian Environment Catriona Sandilands

This Elusive Land: Women and the Canadian Environment

Catriona Sandilands

Published December 1st 2004
ISBN : 9780774811064
Hardcover
384 pages
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This Elusive Land introduces readers to womens perceptions and experiences of the Canadian natural environment. This multidisciplinary anthology discusses the ways in which women integrate the social and biophysical settings of their lives,MoreThis Elusive Land introduces readers to womens perceptions and experiences of the Canadian natural environment. This multidisciplinary anthology discusses the ways in which women integrate the social and biophysical settings of their lives, featuring a range of contexts and issues in which gender mediates, inspires, and informs a sense of belonging to and in this land. In particular, the historical association of women with domestic nature is challenged by the investigation of womens lives in a broad range of environments.The collection begins with an introduction to literatures on women and the environment, and to Canada within ecological feminist conversations. The first section discusses the invisibility of women in traditional accounts of Canadas exploration and settlement, pointing to the literary, historical, and geographic significance of womens experiences in a variety of landscapes. Section two develops the ways in which the natural environment is a source of social and economic livelihood, with particular emphasis on fishery, forestry, agriculture, and parks. The third section explores environmental politics through a feminist perspective. The book concludes with a discussion of new directions for a culturally and ecologically diverse Canadian environment.This book contributes to womens studies through its environmental focus- informs environmental studies with a range of feminist perspectives- and complements Canadian studies by integrating disciplinary perspectives of the Canadian experience from the humanities and social sciences.