This book addresses the question of domestic environmental labour from an ecofeminist perspective. A work of cultural geography, it explores the proposition that the practice and politics of domestic labour being undertaken in the name of ‘the environment’ needs to be better recognized, understood and accounted for as a phenomenon shaped by, and shaping of, gender, class and spatial relations.
The book argues that a significant yet neglected phenomenon worthy of research attention is the upsurge in voluntary, and yet mostly unrecognized, domestic environmental labour in high-consuming households in late modernity, with the burden often falling on women seeking to green their lives and homes in aid of a sustainable planet. Further, because domestic environmental labour is undervalued in governance and the formal economy, much like other types of domestic labour, householders have become an unrecognized and unaccounted-for supply of labour for the greening of capitalism.
Situated within broad global debates on links between ecological and social change, the book has relevance in the many jurisdictions around the world in which households are positioned as sites of environmental protection through green consumption. The volume engages existing interest in household environmental behaviour and practice, advancing understanding of these topics in new ways.
Table of Contents
2. The Green Home Imperative
3. Privatising Greening and The Work of Green Technology
4. Reclaiming Domestic Environmental Labour: Alternative Domestic Green Politics
5. Conclusion: Nature, Work, Home
Carol Farbotko is a researcher in cultural geography, with interests in conceptualizing and analyzing the ways in which culture shapes, and is shaped by, environmental change. She has studied the cultural politics of a range of human and non-human subjects.