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Ecological BorderlandsBody, Nature, and Spirit in Chicana Feminism$
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Christina Holmes

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040542

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040542.001.0001

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Building Green Community at the Border

Building Green Community at the Border

Feminist and Ecological Consciousness at the Women’s Intercultural Center

(p.121) Chapter 5 Building Green Community at the Border
Ecological Borderlands

Christina Holmes

University of Illinois Press

This chapter presents an in-depth analysis of the Women's Intercultural Center in Anthony, New Mexico. The nonprofit organization draws women interested in personal skill-building and empowerment as well as those interested in broader change for social and ecological justice. Using ethnographic methods and document analysis of the news stories, brochures, and videos by the center, the chapter examines how narratives about the environment are articulated in the everyday activities of contemporary activists in the U.S. Southwest. Similar to the chapters on cultural production, one of the draws in studying this particular organization is that its mission is not explicitly environmental. Nevertheless, ecological consciousness is woven throughout the center's focus on women's empowerment in a way that can teach us something new about the intersection between social and ecological justice.

Keywords:   Women's Intercultural Center, nonprofit, skill-building, women's empowerment, social justice, environment, ecological consciousness, ecological justice

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