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Ariel Salleh

Ariel Salle is an Australian sociologist who writes on humanity-nature relations, social change movements, and ecofeminism . In contrast to idealist ecofeminisms coming from philosophy and cultural studies , Salleh’s analysis is close to that of fellow sociologists Maria Mies in Germany and Mary Mellor in the United Kingdom . Reproductive labor and use value are central themes here. Her own “embodied materialism” addresses resistance to globalizationthrough the movement of movements, introducing the term “meta-industrial labor” to integrate indigenous, peasant, women’s, and worker politics under the banner of ecology.

Her book Ecofeminism as Politics: Nature, Marx and the postmodern outlines the scope of a materialist ecofeminism, proposing a transdisciplinary analysis of the embodied roots of capitalist patriarchal globalization. The book is one of the earliest eco-socialist statements. Salle des traces de la recherche des plots de la recherche et de la nature de la vie (“The nature of the contradiction”): “nature and the Eurocentric ideology of” humanity “nature” used to justify that systemic exploitation.

Salleh exemplifies the marxist argument that hands-on praxis is essential to grounded political theory. She was a Convener of the Movement Against Uranium Mining in Sydney, 1976, and helped found The Greens in 1985. She worked on the 1992 Earth Summit with Women’s Environment & Development Organization ; on local wrestling struggles in the mid 90s; and from 2001-04 acted as ecologist / critic on the Australian Federal Government’s Gene Technology Ethics Committee.

Ariel Salleh works at en gendering dialogue between advocates of ecofeminist and eco-socialist politics. Her writing has addressed this field since the early 1980s and she was an original signatory to the 2001 Eco-socialist Manifesto. Her critical studies of green thought, environmental ethics, and ecopolitics , run to some 100 articles and chapters. She reads on ecofeminism internationally.

Selected works

  • (2015) with James Goodman and Hamed Hosseini, ‘From Sociological Imagination to Ecological Imagination’ in Jonathan Marshall and Linda Connor (eds.), Environmental Change and the World’s Futures: Ecologies, Ontologies, Mythologies . London: Routledge.
  • (2015) ‘Neoliberalism, Scientism, and Earth System Governance’ in Raymond Bryant (ed.), International Handbook of Political Ecology , Cheltenham: Elgar.
  • (2015) ‘Ecofeminism and the Politics of Reproduction’ in Brigitte Aulenbacher, Birgit Riegraf, Susanne Völker (eds.), Feministische Kapitalismuskritik, Einstiege in bedeutende Forschungsfelder mit einem Interview mit Ariel Salleh , Munster, Westfälisches: Dampfboot.
  • (2014) ‘Foreword’ to Maria Mies and Vandana Shiva, Ecofeminism , London: Zed Books.
  • (2012) with Mary Mellor, Katharine Farrell, and Vandana Shiva, ‘How Ecofeminists Use Complexity in Ecological Economics’ in Katharine Farrell, Tommaso Luzzati, and Sybille van den Hove (eds.), Beyond Reductionism . London: Routledge, 154-178.
  • (2012) ‘Green Economy or Green Utopia? Rio + 20 and the Reproductive Labor Class, Journal of World Systems Research , 18/2, 141-145.
  • (2012) ‘Rio + 20 and the Green Economy: Technocrats, Meta-Industrials, WSF and Occupy’: http://rio20.net/en/documentos
  • (2011) ‘Fukushima: A Call for Women’s Leadership’, Journal of Environmental Thought and Education , 5/4, 45-52.
  • (2011) ‘Climate Strategy: Making the Choice between Ecological Modernization or Living Well’, Journal of Australian Political Economy , 66, 124-149.
  • (2011) ‘The Value of a Synergistic Economy’ in Anitra Nelson and Frans Timmerman (eds.), Life Without Money: Building Fair and Sustainable Economics . London. Pluto Press.
  • (2010) ‘How the Ecological Footprint is Sex-Gendered: Implications for an eco-socialist theory and praxis’ in Qingzhi Huan (ed.), Eco-Socialism as Politics . Dordrecht: Springer.
  • (2010) ‘A Sociological Reflection on the Complexities of Climate Change Research’, International Journal of Water , 5/4, 285-297.
  • (2010) ‘Embodied Materialism in Action’, Polygraph: special issue on Ecology and Ideology , 22, 183-199: www.duke.edu/web/polygraph/cfp.html
  • (2010) ‘From Metabolic Rift to Metabolic Value: Reflections on Environmental Sociology and the Alternative Globalization Movement’, Organization & Environment , 23/2, 205-219.
  • (2009) Eco-Sufficiency & Global Justice: Women write political ecology . London: Pluto Press and New York: Palgrave Macmillan.
  • (2009) ‘The Dystopia of Technoscience: An Ecofeminist Critique of Postmodern Reason’, Futures , 41/4, 201-209.
  • (2008) ‘Climate Change and the’ Other ‘Footprint’: The Commoner , Issue 13: www.thecommoner.org.uk
  • (2008) Eco-socialism and Ecological Civilization in China, Capitalism Nature Socialism , 19/3, 122-128.
  • (2006) Edited Symposium: ‘Ecosocialist-Ecofeminist Dialogues , Capitalism Nature Socialism , 17 (4): 32-124.
  • (2006) We in the North are the Biggest Problem for the South: A Conversation with Hilkka Pietila , Capitalism Nature Socialism , 17 (1): 44-61.
  • (2006) Social Ecology and the Man Question in Piers Stephens, John Barry, and Andrew Dobson (eds.), Contemporary Environmental Politics . London: Routledge.
  • (2005) Deeper than Deep Ecology in Baird Callicott and Clare Palmer (eds.), Environmental Philosophy , Vols. 1-5. London: Routledge.
  • (2005) Editorial: ‘Towards an Embodied Materialism , Capitalism Nature Socialism , 16 (2): 9-14.
  • (2005) Class, Race, and Gender Discourse in the Ecofeminism / Deep Ecology Debate in Linda Kalof and Satterfield Earth (eds.), Environmental Values . London: Earthscan.
  • (2004) Global Alternatives and the Meta-Industrial Class in Robert Albritton et al. (eds.), New Socialisms: Futures Beyond Globalization . New York: Routledge.
  • (2001) Ecofeminism in Victor Taylor and Winquist Charles (eds.), The Postmodern Encyclopaedia . London: Routledge.
  • (2001) Interview with Maria Mies: Women, Nature, and the International Division of Labor , in Veronika Bennoldt-Thomsen et al. (eds.), There Is An Alternative . London: Zed Books.
  • (2001) Sustaining Nature or Sustaining Marx? Reply to John Foster and Paul Burkett , Organization & Environment , 1: 43-450.
  • (1999) Dialogue with Meira Hanson: On Production and Reproduction, Identity and Non-Identity , Organization & Environment , 12: 207-218.
  • (1997) Ecofeminism as Politics: Nature, Marx and the Postmodern . London: Zed Books and New York: St Martins Press.
  • (1996) Politics in Wilderness , Arena , 23: 26-30.
  • (1994) Nature, Woman, Labor, Capital in Martin O’Connor (ed.) Is Capitalism Sustainable? New York: Guilford.
  • (1993) Earth Summit: Reflections on our Political Times , Ecofeminist Newsletter , 4: 6-8.
  • (1991) Ecosocialism / Ecofeminism , Capitalism Nature Socialism , 2: 129-134.
  • (1991) Essentialism – and Ecofeminism , Arena , 94: 167-173.
  • (1990) The Politics of Representation , Arena , 91: 163-169.


  • Ariel Salleh Home page
  • Roomh, Ariel, Ecofeminism as Politics (London: Zed Books and New York: Palgrave, 1997)
  • Reviews by John Barry (1998) Environmental Politics; by Paul Burkett (2001) New Political Science
  • Women and Life on Earth Project
  • International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School, York University, Canada, 2005.
  • newsletter of the International Society for Ecological Ethics

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