Domestic Environmental Labour: An Ecofeminist Perspective on Making Homes Greener

Carol Farbotko

December 22, 2017 by Routledge
Reference - 80 Pages
ISBN 9781138777743 - CAT# Y166728
Series: Routledge Explorations in Environmental Studies

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Features

  • Offers a thorough exploration of domestic ecological labour from an eco-feminist perspective;
  • connects policy and empirical interest in the greening of homes with eco-feminist debates about the role of domestic labour in the greening of capitalism
  • Creates new ground at the intersection of critical labour, environmental studies, and gender studies

Summary

This book addresses the question of domestic environmental labour from an ecofeminist perspective. A work of cultural geography, it explores the proposition that the practice and politics of domestic labour being undertaken in the name of ‘the environment’ needs to be better recognized, understood and accounted for as a phenomenon shaped by, and shaping of, gender, class and spatial relations.

The book argues that a significant yet neglected phenomenon worthy of research attention is the upsurge in voluntary, and yet mostly unrecognized, domestic environmental labour in high-consuming households in late modernity, with the burden often falling on women seeking to green their lives and homes in aid of a sustainable planet. Further, because domestic environmental labour is undervalued in governance and the formal economy, much like other types of domestic labour, householders have become an unrecognized and unaccounted-for supply of labour for the greening of capitalism.

Situated within broad global debates on links between ecological and social change, the book has relevance in the many jurisdictions around the world in which households are positioned as sites of environmental protection through green consumption. The volume engages existing interest in household environmental behaviour and practice, advancing understanding of these topics in new ways.

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