Environmentalism in Popular Culture
Gender, Race, Sexuality, and the Politics of the Natural
Although there are other books that examine questions of culture andenvironment, this is the first book to employ a global feministenvironmental justice analysis to focus on how racial inequality,gendered patterns of work, and heteronormative ideas about the familyrelate to environmental questions. Beginning in the late 1980s andmoving to the present day, Sturgeon unpacks a variety of culturaltropes, including ideas about Mother Nature, the purity of the natural,and the allegedly close relationships of indigenous people with thenatural world. She investigates the persistence of the “myth ofthe frontier” and its extension to the frontier of spaceexploration. She ponders the popularity (and occasional controversy) ofpenguins (and penguin family values) and questions assumptions abouthuman warfare as “natural.”
The book is intended to provoke debates—among college studentsand graduate students, among their professors, among environmentalactivists, and among all citizens who are concerned with issues ofenvironmental quality and social equality.
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