Giraud, EHS, Hollin, GJS, Potts, T and Forsyth, I (2018) A Feminist Menagerie. Feminist Review, 118 (1). pp. 61-79. ISSN 1466-4380

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Abstract

This paper appraises the role of critical-feminist figurations within the environmental humanities, focusing on the capacity of figures to produce situated environmental knowledges and pose site-specific ethical obligations. We turn to four environments—the home, the skies, the seas and the microscopic—to examine the work that various figures do in these contexts. We elucidate how diverse figures—ranging from companion animals to birds, undersea creatures and bugs—reflect productive traffic between longstanding concerns in feminist theory and the environmental humanities, and generate new insights related to situated knowledges, feminist care-ethics and the politics of everyday sensory encounters. We also argue, however, that certain figures have tested the limits of theoretical approaches which have emerged as the product of dialogue between feminist theory and environmental studies. In particular, we explore how particular figures have complicated ethical questions of how to intervene in broad environmental threats borne of anthropogenic activities, and of who or what to include in relational ethical frameworks.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is the accepted author manuscript (AAM). The final published version (version of record) is available online via Springer at https://doi.org/10.1057/s41305-018-0103-1 - please refer to any applicable terms of use of the publisher.
Uncontrolled Keywords: figuration, more-than-human, companion species, ethics, care, animal
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Science and Public Policy
Depositing User: Symplectic
Date Deposited: 19 May 2017 11:46
Last Modified: 17 May 2018 10:01
URI: http://eprints.keele.ac.uk/id/eprint/3331

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