Glaciers, gender, and science: A feminist glaciology framework for global environmental change research

Published on Jan 10, 2016in Progress in Human Geography
· DOI :10.1177/0309132515623368
Mark Carey20
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(UO: University of Oregon),
M Jackson2
Estimated H-index: 2
(UO: University of Oregon)
+ 1 AuthorsJaclyn Rushing1
Estimated H-index: 1
(UO: University of Oregon)
Glaciers are key icons of climate change and global environmental change. However, the relationships among gender, science, and glaciers – particularly related to epistemological questions about the production of glaciological knowledge – remain understudied. This paper thus proposes a feminist glaciology framework with four key components: 1) knowledge producers; (2) gendered science and knowledge; (3) systems of scientific domination; and (4) alternative representations of glaciers. Merging feminist postcolonial science studies and feminist political ecology, the feminist glaciology framework generates robust analysis of gender, power, and epistemologies in dynamic social-ecological systems, thereby leading to more just and equitable science and human-ice interactions.
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