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Social Science Women's Studies

This Elusive Land

Women and the Canadian Environment

edited by Melody Hessing, Rebecca Raglon & Catriona Sandilands

UBC Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2007
Women's Studies, Ecology
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    Oct 2007
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    Jul 2005
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    Publish Date
    Dec 2004
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This Elusive Land introduces readers to women’s perceptions and experiences of the Canadian natural environment. This multidisciplinary anthology discusses the ways in which women integrate the social and biophysical settings of their lives, featuring a range of contexts and issues in which gender mediates, inspires, and informs a sense of belonging to and in this land. In particular, the historical association of women with “domestic” nature is challenged by the investigation of women’s lives in a broad range of environments.

About the authors

Contributor Notes

Melody Hessing is a member of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Douglas College. Rebecca Raglon teaches in the Department of English at the University of British Columbia. Catriona Sandilands is an associate professor in the Faculty of Environmental Studies and Canadian Research Chair in Sustainability and Culture at York University.

Editorial Reviews

This exhaustively-researched anthology reviews the experiences of women in their relation to the Canadian environment. It is meant to stress our dependence on the natural environment. The essays note the handicaps women faced via their marginalization but give constructive suggestions on their role in supporting and saving the environment. An excellent reference text.

The Lower Island News

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