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Document Type(s):Book Chapter
Book Title:Ethical Perspectives on Environmental Issues in India
Article/Chapter Title:Women in the Forest
Editor(s):James, George A
Author(s):Shiva, Vandana
Publisher Name:A.P.H. Publishing Corporation
Place of Publication:Delhi
Date of Publication:1999
Annotation:Contending that “there are in India, today, two paradigms of forestry—one life-enhancing, the other life-destroying” (p 92), Shiva contrasts indigenous and colonialist approaches to forestry by describing the former as ecological and derived from “the feminine principle” and the latter as reductionistic, exploitative, and patriarchal. After describing the detrimental effects of scientific, market-driven forestry practices on both the environment and women, she discusses the contemporary Chipko movement as an example of resurgent indigenous wisdom and local resistance to “wasteland development.”
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