Living Sustainably: What Intentional Communities Can Teach Us about Democracy, Simplicity, and Nonviolence

Living Sustainably: What Intentional Communities Can Teach Us about Democracy, Simplicity, and Nonviolence

by A. Whitney Sanford

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Overview

In light of concerns about food and human health, fraying social ties, economic uncertainty, and rampant consumerism, some people are foregoing a hurried, distracted existence and embracing a mindful way of living. Intentional residential communities across the United States are seeking the freedom to craft their own societies and live based on the values of nonviolence, self-sufficiency, equality, and voluntary simplicity.

In Living Sustainably, A. Whitney Sanford reveals the solutions that such communities have devised for sustainable living while highlighting the specific choices and adaptations that they have made to accommodate local context and geography. She examines their methods of reviving and adapting traditional agrarian skills, testing alternate building materials for their homes, and developing local governments that balance group needs and individual autonomy. Living Sustainably is a teachable testament to the idea that new cultures based on justice and sustainability are attainable in many ways. Sanford's engaging work demonstrates that citizens can make a conscious effort to subsist in a more balanced, harmonious world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813177526
Publisher: University Press of Kentucky
Publication date: 03/29/2019
Series: Culture of the Land
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 302
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

A. Whitney Sanford is professor of religion at the University of Florida. She is the author of Singing Krishna: Sound Becomes Sight in Paramanand's Poetry and Growing Stories from India: Religion and the Fate of Agriculture.

Table of Contents

Introduction
Examining Change
Standing On the Shoulders of Giants
Choosing a Life
Creating Culture
Asking What's for Dinner
Sustainability in Community
Rethinking Abundance
Extreme DIY for Interdependence
Bringing It Home

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