Date of Award
WSS 690 MA Final Project
Master of Arts (MA)
Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Dr. Rajani Bhatia
Dr. Barbara Sutton
This project explores recent manifestations of ecofascism within right-wing movements that deploy environmental concerns and rhetoric. Immigrants in the United States and in Europe and other global North countries have long been targeted by xenophobic policy and rhetoric guised as environmental protection. Although investigations by critical scholars including feminists on right-wing environmentalism unveiled the nativism and hate behind green agendas that are inherently anti-immigrant, I analyze recent ecofascist rhetoric and visual discourse for their harm to Indigenous communities, which is equally insidious, if less overt. This project engages with manifestos of extremists, right-wing political websites, and on-the-ground footage of alt-right mobilizations, to determine the presence of ecofascists and how they “play native.” I postulate that both immigrants and Indigenous communities alike are negatively impacted by these discourses.
Lynch, Breana, "Feminist Critiques of Ecofascist, Nativist Appropriations of Indigeneity since 2016" (2022). Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies M.A. Final Projects. 1.