Post-conventional approaches to gender, climate change and social justice

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Abstract

This chapter explores the inadequacies of conventional paradigms and argues the case for a sustained effort to build post-conventional theory in relation to gender, social justice and the environment. Drawing on the work of key post-structural feminists a post-conventional framework is explored. It is argued that while significant theorising has been done in reconceptualising these issues, there is need to maintain a focus on abstract theory and to sustain the momentum of the paradigmatic shift from conventional approaches in order to effectively re-imagine the foundations of social theory. Further, if this momentum is not sustained, neglect in theory-building at the ontological level could contribute to ongoing oppression. Without reimagining and articulating a post-conventional foundation, there is a risk - by default or design - that we draw on an inappropriate and fundamentally oppressive ontology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch, action and policy
Subtitle of host publicationAddressing the gendered impacts of climate change
EditorsMargaret Alston, Kerri Whittenbury
Place of PublicationThe Netherlands
PublisherSpringer
Chapter4
Pages53-62
Number of pages10
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9789400755185
ISBN (Print)9789400755178
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Bell, K. (2013). Post-conventional approaches to gender, climate change and social justice. In M. Alston, & K. Whittenbury (Eds.), Research, action and policy: Addressing the gendered impacts of climate change (1st ed., pp. 53-62). Springer. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-5518-5