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Abstract

Women experience a host of negative consequences during and after a natural disaster. A variety of feminist theories have been used to explore this phenomenon. The aim of this paper is to posit the need for an ecofeminist perspective on analyzing women’s vulnerabilities post-natural disaster. The authors will discuss the history and branches of ecofeminism, highlighting their utility in exploring the intersection of race, class, and gender in the aftermath of disaster. An ecofeminist analysis of Sri Lankan women’s vulnerability in the wake of the 2004 tsunami will be used to illustrate the utility of the theory. Implications of using ecofeminism in natural disaster research will be discussed.

Note on the Author

Alyssa Banford is an assistant professor at Alliant International University, San Diego. She completed her Ph.D. at Texas Tech University in marriage and family therapy. Alyssa conducted one year of post-doctoral work at the University of Connecticut and also spent an additional year as an assistant professor in residence at the University of Connecticut in the marriage and family therapy training program.

Cameron Froude is a doctoral student in human development and family studies at the University of Connecticut. She completed her MA in marriage and family therapy at the University of Connecticut in 2012 and her MA in general psychology at Catholic University in 2009.

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