Radical Ecology (Individual; 10%)
> In this online activity, students will read three academic articles that
> address the radical ecologies of deep ecology, eco-feminism, and social
> ecology. Each student will post responses to the following questions in a
> discussion forum on the course blackboard:
> 1 In your own words, provide a brief description (two or three lines) of
> deep ecology, eco-feminism, and social ecology.
> 2 Briefly analyze (your opinion) the strengths and limitations of each
> 3 Apply some of the key concepts of these radical ecologies to social work
> 4 Post a question about radical ecology to initiate a discussion with your
> These are the articles:
> Required reading:
> Norton, C.L
> eco-social approach. International Journal of Social Welfare, 21(3),
> Besthorn, F.H
> work: A ten-year retrospective. International Journal of Social Welfare,
> 21(3), 248-259.
> Ungar, M. (2002). A deeper, more social ecological social work practice.
> Social Service Review, 76(3), 480-497.
> Besthorn, F. H., & McMillen, D. P. (2002). The oppression of women and
> nature: Ecofeminism as a framework for an expanded ecological social work.
> Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services, 83(3),
Radical ecology is an environment as well as an ecological philosophy promoting the intrinsic worth of human beings despite their influential utility to human wants, plus a fundamental restructuring of current human societies in regard to such thoughts (Besthorn, 2002).
Eco feminism is basically a term linking feminism with ecology. It stress that capitalistic society has resulted to a detrimental split amid nature and culture that can be mended by the feminine intuition for foster as well as holistic awareness of nature’s procedures.
Social ecology is basically a vital social theory by Murray, an American libertarian socialist. It is an abstract critique of today’s political, social as well as anti-ecological patterns. It adopts a reconstructive, communitarian, ecological as well as ethical advancement to the society.
Deep ecology is vital in the sense that it presents a philosophical foundation for environmental backing which may in turn, control human actions against alleged self-destruction. Deep ecology is also significant as it presents policies affecting technological, economical as well as ideological configurations. These will results to state of affairs that are diverse from the present ones.
Deep ecology has limitations. For instance, it assumes living things like the plants posses their interests since they are evident in the plant’s performance. This questions credibility of deep ecology since a deep ecologist points to non-human creatures such as reproduction, growth, survival as indeed human needs (Besthorn, 2002). In addition to this deep ecology is hateful in respect to humanity. This is due to characterization of humanity by ecologists they consider human beings as pathological infestation on earth.
Eco-feminism has succeeded in propelling the connection amid dominance by man on a woman as well as authority of culture on environment. However, it has its limitations. It has failed to hold on firm dichotomy amid men and women (Besthorn, 2002). It highly correlates the societal status of women with shared status of nature. It also has conflicting views in respect to contribution in harsh structures.
Social ecology has succeeded in locating the foundation of ecological struggles in respect to ladder and domination between persons. It succeeds in basing society on ecological values and therefore transforms nature.
Social feminism has been of significance in connecting feminism to ecology. It also helps in remodeling the culture that has been severely destroyed by adoption of new aspects. It is also an important aspect that assists people in society to have a deeper comprehension of nature and how men and women relate. It has been of relevance in creating equality between men and women thus, reducing cases of oppression among women in various cultures that fails to value women. It also defines the roles of men as opposed to those of women. Radical ecology on the other hand is plays a significant role in fighting for the rights of oppressed groups (Besthorn, 2002). It has been connected with various revolutionary events and movements in where people endeavor to make the world habitable for all. Social ecology has played a significant role in defining relationships among people irrespective of their divergences in terms of culture, religious believers and opinions. It is through social ecology that harmony and order is created among human beings.
How have radical ecology been of significance in achieving contemporary rights among people? Have radical ecology been the main source of peace and respect for humanity in the contemporary world? If yes how?
Besthorn, F. H., & McMillen, D. P. (2002). The oppression of women and nature: Ecofeminism as a framework for an expanded ecological social work. Families in Society: The Journal of Contemporary Human Services, 83(3), 221?232.