By Vandana Shiva
During this vintage textual content, bestselling writer and activist Vandana Shiva positions the violation of nature with the violation and marginalization of girls within the worldwide south. one of many first books to argue that the impression of technological know-how, know-how and politics, in addition to the workings of the financial system itself, are inherently exploitative, Shiva argues that each sector of human task marginalizes and burdens either ladies and nature. Her answer for the liberation of nature, men and women - or simply for "Staying Alive" - is concord, sustainability and variety; and he or she explores the original position of girls within the surroundings of India to demonstrate and clarify her place. that includes a brand-new foreword from the writer, any reader returning to this insightful textual content is confronted with a searing indictment to the shortcoming of growth in Shiva's components of craftsmanship. yet as a vital part of the environmental canon, this is often actually a vital learn for a person drawn to improvement, gender and the worldwide setting.
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At a time when a quarter of the world's population is threatened by starvation due to erosion of soil, water and genetic diversity of living resources, chasing the mirage of unending growth, by spreading resource destructive technologies, becomes a major source of genocide. The killing of people by the murder of nature is an invisible form of violence which is today the biggest threat to justice and peace. The emerging feminist and ecological critiques of reductionist science extend the domain of the testing of scientific beliefs into the wider physical world.
Stripped of the power the state invests it with, reductionism can be seen to be cognitively weak and ineffective in responding to problems posed by nature. Reductionist forestry has destroyed tropical forests, and reductionist agriculture 23 is destroying tropical farming. As a system of knowledge about nature or life reductionist science is weak and inadequate; as a system of knowledge for the market, it is powerful and profitable. Modern science, as we have noted earlier, has a world-view that both supports and is supported by the socio-political-economic system of western capitalist patriarchy which dominates and exploits nature, women and the poor.
It was not so long ago that most philosophers, sociologists and anthropologists, both western and non-western, relegated all 29 traditional thought to the realm of the supernatural, the mystical and the irrational. Modern science, in contrast, was uniquely posed as natural, material, empirical, rational. Scientists, in accordance with an abstract scientific method, were viewed as putting forward statements corresponding to the realities of a directly observable world. The theoretical concepts in their discourse were in principle seen as reducible to directly verifiable observational claims.