Glaciers, Gender, and Science: A Feminist Glaciology Framework for Global Environmental Change Research

Mark Carey, M. Jackson, Alessandro Antonello, Jaclyn Rushing

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Abstract

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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)770-793
Number of pages24
JournalProgress In Human Geography
Volume40
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Feminist glaciology
  • Feminist political ecology
  • Feminist postcolonial science studies
  • Glaciers and society

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