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Queer ecology brings together queer theory with environmental philosophy and ecology. This paper aims to show how and why queer ecology is a liberatory theory. It investigates the major aspects of queer theory, anti-essentialism and anti-total theory, and explores how these tenets shape queer ecology through ecofeminism and constructionism. Specifically, queer ecology is interested in the construction of science, technology, and nature. This paper develops a queer construction of nature through the concepts of cyborg theory, natureculture, and queernatureculture. Considering these projects within queer ecology in conjunction with a philosophical examination of liberation and what it means to be liberatory, this paper articulates that the anti-essentialist foundation of queer ecology is liberatory. Queer ecology has liberatory effects due to its commitment to group formation through solidarity, coalition building, and affinity.
Doak, Caitlin Marie, "Queering Nature: The Liberatory Effects of Queer Ecology" (2016). Dickinson College Honors Theses. Paper 246.