Wednesday, 19 December 2018

Ecowomanism: African American Women and Earth-Honoring Faiths. By Melanie L. Harris

By Melanie L. Harris . Maryknoll, NY : Orbis Books , 2017 . xiv + 162pp. $27.00, ISBN: 978-1-62698-201-7. Carol P Christ Literature and Theology, fry033, Published: 15 December 2018 Cite Permissions Share Ecowomanism is a manifesto, an ‘overt naming of earth justice as a primary component of womanist concern and analysis [which] is something new’ (p. 58). As its author Melanie L. Harris notes, ecology has sometimes been dismissed as a white issue and ecofeminism as a white feminist concern. She disagrees. While social justice issues are at the forefront in communities of colour that have suffered historical and ongoing racism enforced by violence, black people live in a world sustained by nature: if nature is destroyed, there will be no world in which to create justice. Communities of colour are more likely to suffer the effects of ecological degradation, living and working... Issue Section: Book Review © The Author(s) 2018. Published by Oxford University Press 2018; All rights reserved. For permissions, please email: This article is published and distributed under the terms of the Oxford University Press, Standard Journals Publication Model ( ...