"Ism-schism" worldview and the demise of nature: Ecofeminism as a viable alternative
AuthorLiska, Joyce, 1955-
AdvisorKing, David A.
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PublisherThe University of Arizona.
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AbstractThis paper suggests that environmental degradation is a symptom of a corrupt worldview. The dominant Western worldview construes the world as an aggregate of component parts having an antithetical, competitive relationship. This dualistic arrangement which divides and then negates the "other" conditions people to value aggression and power, and inevitably results in violence. Nature, in this hierarchical caste system is regarded as inferior, inert, or evil. Behavior and social institutions, such as the Christian religion, science and capitalist economy both reflect and reproduce these destructive values. Ecofeminism, by contrast, offers an alternative worldview more conducive to environmental prosperity. It regards the cosmos holistically, with all components having an equally valid, albeit distinctive, significance. This orientation emphasizes compassion and communion rather than fear and subjugation. Dissociating from the ego-based mindset of domination which underpins social and environmental decay allows the possibility of transforming consciousness and establishing an ecological worldview.
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Renewable Natural Resources