Who Gets to Know about Nature? Biodiversity and Ecosystems Services Through an Intersectional Lens

Article by Kaijser, Anna and Kronsell, Annica

Intersectionality originates in feminist critical theory as a perspective for analyzing how categories of difference – such as gender, class, race and age – are co-constructed and embedded in dynamic relations of power. In a previous article, we discussed how intersectionality can be used as an analytical tool for research on climate change, and sketched out a methodological framework for this purpose. In the present paper, we extend the intersectional lens to explore how the categories of ‘human’ and ‘nature’ are made meaningful in relation to each other. Drawing on theories from the fields of ecofeminism, critical animal studies and posthumanism, we assemble an intersectional analytical lens, focused on a crucial theme in all of these fields: the dualistic construction and representation of humans and nature as separate entities, and how such dualism plays out in relation to issues of knowledge and subjectivity. The analytical lens is then engaged to explore the concepts of biodiversity and eco-system services, which have during the past few decades emerged as keywords for conceptualizing human-nature relations in environmental research and policy. We assess debates around the concepts of biodiversity and eco-system services in scholarly publications, and how these reflect, reinforce, or contest dualistic and hierarchical constructions of human-nature relations. Here, we look for principal tendencies, as well as challenging perspectives and voices.

Title of Journal / Edit Volume, incl. names of editors:
Freiburger Zeitschrift für Geschlechterstudien

Kaijser, Anna

Research Area:
Weather & Climate Change



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