Review of: Taking Stands: Gender and the Sustainability of Rural Communities
Society and Natural Resources
Taylor & Francis
In this study of a northern Vancouver island, Maureen Reed examines forestry issues from the perspective of women who live in forest communities. Her main purpose for doing so, she argues, is that we know little about women who support the timber industry. Reed suggests that ignoring these women’s voices has resulted in continued stereotypes and marginalization of rural women and their lives, either viewing these women as "unworthy, irrelevant, or regressive actors in environmental debates," or finding them "classified as victims of an exploitative system who are unable to overcome the contradictions in their lives" (4). Various groups have contributed to the omission of these women’s voices, Reed argues, including planners, researchers, the environmental movement, and rural residents themselves.
Peggy Petrzelka. 2004. Taking Stands: Gender and the Sustainability of Rural Communities by Maureen G. Reed (Vancouver: UBC Press), Society and Natural Resources 17(9):855-857.