Reweaving identity: women, activism and the forest
LE3 .A278 2005
Master of Arts
Women's activism in forestry in Nova Scotia was examined in order to identify its origins and emerging themes. Several key issues were identified by using qualitative research methods which included semi-structured interviews with thirteen women and two men. An auto-ethnographical account of the researcher's experience of this study is also included. Women's narratives identified several key themes which include: mobilization of women's political action for the environment; an ethic of community care; the belief that mentoring the next generations is a civic and spiritual responsibility; and the discovery of a political identity in the process of social change and environmental activism. As well, interviews with two men involved in the forestry industry in Nova Scotia provide an historical overview and illustration of sustainable forestry practices. An ecofeminist analysis was engaged to examine the effects of a "dysfunctional" patriarchal social, political and economic structure on women's political actionand corresponding community forests. Results show a convergence of women's political identities and action despite differences in ethnicity, race, place, context, time and space. Women's activism therefore results from a multiplicity of complex factors.
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