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Ecological epistemologies and spiritualities in Brazilian ecovillages, in the labyrinth of an environmental anthropology, Luz Gonçalves Brito

"This book brings together ethnographic field research on four permacultural ecovillages in Brazil to highlight the importance of spirituality and ecological epistemologies as key analytical tools. It demonstrates that ecological spirituality can, and should, be understood beyond the dichotomy of personal and political, between people and nature, in the field of environmental anthropology. The book uses a broad philosophical methodology based on the phenomenological theories of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Tim Ingold, and Alfred Schutz combined with post-structuralist conceptions of the relationship between person and world, individual and society. The field research consisted of ethnographic travel, observation and recorded dialogue with individuals based in each ecovillage: Arca Verde, situated in Campos de Cima da Serra; Vrinda Bhumi, a Vaishnava ecovillage in Baependi-MG; Goura Vrindavana, a Vaishnava ecovillage in Paraty-RJ; and Muriqui Assu Ecovillage Project, a secular ecovillage in Niterói-RJ. Throughout the book ethnographic research is woven together with poetic interludes, images, personal narrative experience and phenomenological theory, bringing a new understanding and approach to environmental anthropology as a discipline. Including a Preface written by Tim Ingold, it will appeal to academics, researchers, and upper-level students in phenomenology, environmental philosophy, environmental anthropology, religious studies and social sciences more broadly"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half Title -- Series Page -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Table of Contents -- List of Illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Foreword by Tim Ingold -- Prelude -- 1 Exploring A Fractal Labyrinth -- Interregno: On Ontological Insecurity in Porto Alegre Caused by the Fossil Fuels Crisis, Which Resembled an Armageddon -- 2 The Way of the Muriqui-Assu -- Interlude: Sociality of the Chickens -- 3 Gaudya Vaishnavismo in Serra da Bocaina (Rio De Janeiro) -- 4 Gaudya Vaishnavismo in Serra da Mantiqueira (Baependi-MG) -- Denouement: Breaking Through the Social Membrane -- Index
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (xv, 123 pages), illustrations, map.
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