An ecofeminist conceptual framework to explore gendered environmental health inequities in urban settings and to inform healthy public policy
Article first published online: 9 MAY 2008
© 2008 The author. Journal compilation © 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Volume 15, Issue 2, pages 135–147, June 2008
How to Cite
Chircop, A. (2008), An ecofeminist conceptual framework to explore gendered environmental health inequities in urban settings and to inform healthy public policy. Nursing Inquiry, 15: 135–147. doi: 10.1111/j.1440-1800.2008.00400.x
- Issue published online: 9 MAY 2008
- Article first published online: 9 MAY 2008
- Accepted for publication 18 December 2007.
- ecofeminist theory;
- environmental health;
- health inequities;
- urban health
This theoretical exploration is an attempt to conceptualize the link between gender and urban environmental health. The proposed ecofeminist framework enables an understanding of the link between the urban physical and social environments and health inequities mediated by gender and socioeconomic status. This framework is proposed as a theoretical magnifying glass to reveal the underlying logic that connects environmental exploitation on the one hand, and gendered health inequities on the other. Ecofeminism has the potential to reveal an inherent, normative conceptual analysis and argumentative justification of western society that permits the oppression of women and the exploitation of the environment. This insight will contribute to a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying gendered environmental health inequities and inform healthy public policy that is supportive of urban environmental health, particularly for low-income mothers.