Queer Ecologies: Sex, Nature, Politics, Desire

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Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands, Bruce Erickson
Indiana University Press, Jul 14, 2010 - Philosophy - 424 pages
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Treating such issues as animal sex, species politics, environmental justice, lesbian space and "gay" ghettos, AIDS literatures, and queer nationalities, this lively collection asks important questions at the intersections of sexuality and environmental studies. Contributors from a wide range of disciplines present a focused engagement with the critical, philosophical, and political dimensions of sex and nature. These discussions are particularly relevant to current debates in many disciplines, including environmental studies, queer theory, critical race theory, philosophy, literary criticism, and politics. As a whole, Queer Ecologies stands as a powerful corrective to views that equate "natural" with "straight" while "queer" is held to be against nature.

 

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Contents

A Genealogy of Queer Ecologies
1
Part 1 Against Nature? Queer Sex Queer Animality
49
The Science Culture and Pleasure of Queer Animals
51
2 Enemy of the Species
73
The Nature of Planetary Environmental Reproductive Justice
102
4 Queernaturecultures
134
Queering Environmental Politics
147
Queer Acts against Nature
149
Coalition Building as Queer Environmentalism
231
Retheorizing the Formation of a Socalled Gay Ghetto through Queering Landscape Ecology
254
Part 3 Desiring Nature? Queer Attachments
283
The Nature of Dislocation and Desire in Adrienne Richs Your Native LandYourLife and Minnie Bruce Pratts Crime against Nature
285
Queering the Production of the Nation
309
12 Melancholy Natures Queer Ecologies
331
13 Biophilia Creative Involution and the Ecological Future of Queer Desire
359
List of Contributors
383

The Role of Nature in Lesbian Alternative Environments in the United States
173
7 Polluted Politics? Confronting Toxic Discourse Sex Panicand EcoNormativity
199

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Catriona Mortimer-Sandilands is Professor of Environmental Studies and Canada Research Chair in Sustainability and Culture at York University. She is author of The Good-Natured Feminist: Ecofeminism and the Quest for Democracy.

Bruce Erickson is a post-doctoral fellow in Environmental History at Nipissing University.

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