As with the relation between feminism and socialism in some quarters, so too, is the relation between ecofeminism and ecosocialism. I agree with Salleh that 1) exclusively transcendent visions are problematic, 2) the materiality of the world is as central to ecofeminist socialism as it is to socialist ecofeminism, 3) no collective project with ecosocialists is likely without an understanding of gender divisions and our reproduction of them, and 4) reconceiving gender within ecosocialism is a central project.Generating a synthetic position that does justice to ecofeminism and ecosocialism necessitates working out the diversity of each perspective, establishing the ground that is to be plowed, and then cultivating a new form of collective position and politics. But I question that these conditions are at issue because sex/gender is the "deepest social oppression". In fact, this strikes me as a transhistorical vision that goes against the historical grain that grounds the materialism at the foundation of socialism, feminism, socialist feminism and feminist ecosocialism or ecofeminist socialism.
|Journal||Capitalism Nature Socialism|
|State||Published - Dec 2006|