06 April 2011

Ecofeminism, hegemonic masculinity, and environmental movement participation

Mark C. J. Stoddart & D. B. Tindall
Ecofeminism, hegemonic masculinity, and environmental movement participation in British Columbia, Canada, 1998-2007: “Women always clean up the mess” Sociological Spectrum 31, 3, 2011, Pages 342 - 368
DOI: 10.1080/02732173.2011.557065
This article draws upon two waves of interviews with environmental movement members in British Columbia, Canada, in order to examine participants' interpretations of the relationship between gender and environmental politics. Four claims emerge from this analysis. First, our results support the notion that there is an affinity between environmental politics and feminism. Second, despite recent critiques of ecomaternalism and the dual subjugation of nature and women within ecofeminism, these discourses remain useful as interpretive resources for research participants. Third, while ecomaternalism is a recurrent theme, it appears to be declining in relative importance as a discursive resource. Finally, notions of hegemonic masculinity are becoming more salient as an interpretive framework. While the first two claims emphasize continuity in participants' interpretive framework, the latter findings describe shifts in participants' understandings of gender and environmental politics.

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