Sacred Civics: Building Seven Generation Cities

Sacred Civics: Building Seven Generation Cities

Sacred Civics: Building Seven Generation Cities

Sacred Civics: Building Seven Generation Cities



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Sacred Civics argues that societal transformation requires that spirituality and sacred values are essential to reimagining patterns of how we live, organize and govern ourselves, determine and distribute wealth, inhabit and design cities, and construct relationships with others and with nature.

The book brings together transdisciplinary and global academics, professionals, and activists from a range of backgrounds to question assumptions that are fused deep into the code of how societies operate, and to draw on extraordinary wisdom from ancient Indigenous traditions; to social and political movements like Black Lives Matter, the commons, and wellbeing economies; to technologies for participatory futures where people collaborate to reimagine and change culture. Looking at cities and human settlements as the sites of transformation, the book focuses on values, commons, and wisdom to demonstrate that how we choose to live together, to recognize interdependencies, to build, grow, create, and love—matters.

Using multiple methodologies to integrate varied knowledge forms and practices, this truly ground-breaking volume includes contributions from renowned and rising voices. Sacred Civics is a must-read for anyone interested in intersectional discussions on social justice, inclusivity, participatory design, healthy communities, and future cities.

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781000601374
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 05/12/2022
Series: ISSN
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 272
File size: 9 MB

About the Author

Jayne Engle is Adjunct Professor of Urban Planning at McGill University, Canada.

Julian Agyeman is Professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning, Tufts University, USA.

Tanya Chung-Tiam-Fook is Director of Research & Academic Programs at the Centre for Indigenous Innovation and Technology, Toronto, Canada.

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1 Imagine Shaping Cities as if People, Land, and Nature Were Sacred; 2 Awakening Seven Generation Cities; PART I Space; 3 Honouring the Sacred in Cities: Indigenous Teachings for City Building; 4 The Black Commons: A Framework for Recognition, Reconciliation, Reparations; 5 (Un)situated Improvisation; 6 Co-creating the Cities We Deserve through Indigenous Knowledge; PART II Time; 7 Unsettling the Coloniality of Foresight; 8 Inhabiting the Edge; 9 Reconciling Relationships with the Land through Land Acknowledgements; 10 Urban Planning Oscillations: Seeking a Tongan Way before and after the 2006 Riots; PART III Agency; 11 Social Infrastructure for Our Times: Building Participatory Systems that Value the Creativity of Everyone; 12 The Ceremony of Reclaiming Agency through Wonder; 13 Feminist, Antiracist Values for Climate Justice: Moving beyond Climate Isolationism; PART IV Togetherness; 14 Participatory Futures: Reimagining the City Together; 15 Basque Civics; 16 Commons Economies in Action: Mutualizing Urban Provisioning Systems; 17 Radicle Civics—Unconstituting Society: Building 21st-Century Civic Infrastructures

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