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Book Chapter

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Gendering Globalization, Globalizing Gender: Post-Colonial Perspectives, (Ed) Gül Çalişkan. 2020. Oxford University Press. 113-125.


In this chapter, you will learn about the emergence of a distinct theoretical, methodological, and practical approach for accounting for gender in relation to environmental justice called Indigenous feminism. Indigenous feminism will be defined and outlined as an important field of study to advance the contributions, insights, rights, and responsibilities of Indigenous women. While the ideology of feminism has been in existence for decades, Indigenous feminism has only recently emerged. Joyce Green, an Indigenous scholar, writes that Indigenous feminism seeks to “raise issues of colonialism, racism and sexism and unpleasant synergies between these three violations of human rights” (Green, 2007, p. 20). She further remarks that if Indigenous feminists do not voice concerns and issues, such issues will not be raised at all. Indigenous feminism provides a powerful critique of colonialism, race, and gendered power relations.