Ecofeminism and Rhetoric: Critical Perspectives on Sex, Technology, and Discourse

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Douglas A. Vakoch
Berghahn Books, Aug 30, 2011 - Social Science - 186 pages
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By drawing on the complex interplay of ecology and feminism, ecofeminists identify links between the domination of nature and the oppression of women. This volume introduces a variety of innovative approaches for advancing ecofeminist activism, demonstrating how words exert power in the world. Contributors explore the interconnections between the dualisms of nature/culture and masculine/feminine, providing new insights into sex and technology through such wide-ranging topics as canine reproduction, orangutan motherhood and energy conservation. Ecofeminist rhetorics of care address environmental problems through cooperation and partnership, rather than hierarchical subordination, encouraging forms of communication that value mutual understanding over persuasion and control. By critically examining ways that theory can help deconstruct domineering practices-exposing the underlying ideologies-a new generation of ecofeminist scholarship illuminates the transformative capacity of language to foster emancipation and liberation.

 

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Contents

Conceptual Connection and Reasoned Response
1
An Ecofeminist Perspective on the Human Control of Canine Sexuality and Reproduction
39
Essentialist Interpretations of Sexuality Motherhood and Women
65
Alternative Rhetorical Strategy as Ecofeminist Practice for Transformation of Perception and Use of Energy in the Residential Built Environment fro...
89
A Case Study of Microsoft Word
117
Afterword
145
A Solution to the Illusion of Incoherence
157
Notes on Contributors
171
Index
175
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Douglas A. Vakoch is Professor in the Department of Clinical Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies, as well as Director of Interstellar Message Composition at the SETI Institute. He serves as Chair of both the International Academy of Astronautics (IAA) Study Group on Interstellar Message Construction and the IAA Study Group on Active SETI: Scientific, Technical, Societal, and Legal Dimensions. His books include Communication with Extraterrestrial Intelligence (CETI) and Psychology of Space Exploration: Contemporary Research in Historical Perspective.

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