Staying Alive


Shows the intimate link between the degradation of women and the degradation of nature. Maldevelopment also known as economic development is exploitative by definition and every area of human activity guided by it marginalizes and burdens women and nature. The atrocities reported here include mass destruction of our biodiversity, soil degradation, ruining local traditional food and at the same time, increasing the burden on women. Argues that there is only one path to survival and that path is the ecological one of harmony, sustainability and diversity.


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.

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