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Ecological Borderlands: Body, Nature, and Spirit in Chicana Feminism
by Christina Holmes
University of Illinois Press, 2016
Cloth: 978-0-252-04054-2 | Paper: 978-0-252-08201-6 | eISBN: 978-0-252-09898-7
Library of Congress Classification HQ1194.H65 2016
Dewey Decimal Classification 305.4886872073

Environmental practices among Mexican American woman have spurred a reconsideration of ecofeminism among Chicana feminists. Christina Holmes examines ecological themes across the arts, Chicana activism, and direct action groups to reveal how Chicanas can craft alternative models for ecofeminist processes. Holmes revisits key debates to analyze issues surrounding embodiment, women's connections to nature, and spirituality's role in ecofeminist philosophy and practice. By doing so, she challenges Chicanas to escape the narrow frameworks of the past in favor of an inclusive model of environmental feminism that alleviates Western biases. Holmes uses readings of theory, elaborations of ecological narratives in Chicana cultural productions, histories of human and environmental rights struggles in the Southwest, and a description of an activist exemplar to underscore the importance of living with decolonializing feminist commitment in body, nature, and spirit.

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