Staying Alive Women, Ecology and Survival in India – Vandana Shiva


Taking the three related concerns of development, ecology and gender, this book argues that there is an intimate link between the degradation of women and the degradation of nature in contemporary society. Both arise from assumptions that guide maldevelopment, also known as economic development. This maldevelopment – and consequently, science, technology, politics – is exploitative by definition, and every area of human activity guided by it marginalises and burdens women and nature. The author argues that there is only one path to survival and liberation for nature, woman and man, and that path is the ecological one, of harmony, sustainability and diversity, as opposed to domination, exploitation and surplus. In developing her thesis she explores the unique place of women in the environment, both as its saviours and as victims of ecological maldevelopment. Her analysis differs from most conventional analyses of environmentalists and feminists, which have focused on women in the Third World as special victims of environmental degradation. Shiva discusses the challenges that women in ecology movements are creating, and explores how their struggles constitute a non-violent, non-gendered and humanity-inclusive alternative to dominant science, technology and development paradigms.

Publisher – Women Unlimited

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About the Author

Vandana Shiva is a physicist, world-renowned environmental thinker and activist, and a tireless crusader for economic, food, and gender justice. She is the author and editor of many influential books, including Making Peace with the Earth, Soil Not Oil, Staying Alive, Stolen Harvest, Water Wars, and Globalization’s New Wars. Dr. Shiva is the recipient of more than twenty international awards, among them the Right Livelihood Award (1993); the John Lennon-Yoko Ono Grant for Peace (2008); The Sydney Peace Prize (2010); and the Calgary Peace Prize (Canada, 2011). In addition, she is a board member of the World Future Council and one of the leaders and board members of the International Forum on Globalization (whose other members include Jerry Mander, Edward Goldsmith, Ralph Nader, and Jeremy Rifkin). She travels frequently to speak at conferences around the world.

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