Looking beyond linguistics: a pragmatist-(eco)feminist framework for democratic deliberation with nonhuman stakeholders
Varner, Caitlin Tess
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In this project, I develop a pragmatist-(eco)feminist framework for democratic deliberation, a framework particularly suited for communal inquiry about environmental conflicts. I am critical of what I see to be a prominent, strictly linguistic approach to environmental inquiry in contemporary literature. I suggest that resources can be found in both ecofeminist insights on power and privilege and in John Dewey’s concept of the moral imagination for ameliorating environmental conflicts in communities of diverse stakeholders by re-envisioning the ways in which we engage in democratic discourse. I suggest that the best mechanisms for transforming deliberation will be found in educational reforms, where habits of discourse can be modified and different perspectives about the human/nonhuman relationships can be encouraged.