Blanche Cameron

Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development by Vandana Shiva

Blanche Cameron recommends Vandana Shiva's book 'Staying Alive,' a compelling examination of women's relationship with nature - from forests and food chains to water supplies. Shiva links the violation of nature to the marginalization of women in the Third World, offering profound insights into pressing environmental and social issues.

Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development (cover) by Vandana Shiva

Inspired by women’s struggles for the protection of nature as a condition for human survival, award-winning environmentalist Vandana Shiva shows how ecological destruction and the marginalization of women are not inevitable, economically or scientifically.

She argues that maldevelopment – the violation of the integrity of organic, interconnected, and interdependent systems that sets in motion a process of exploitation, inequality, and injustice – is dragging the world down a path of self-destruction, threatening survival itself.

Shiva articulates how rural Indian women experience and perceive ecological destruction and its causes, and how they have conceived and initiated processes to arrest the destruction of nature and begin its regeneration.

Focusing on science and development as patriarchal projects, Staying Alive is a powerfully relevant book that positions women not solely as survivors of the crisis, but as the source of crucial insights and visions to guide our struggle.


Name Blanche Cameron
Role Staff
Department The Bartlett School of Architecture


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