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Becoming Animal and Environmentalism,
This review is from: Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology (Hardcover)Other reviewers have supplied good reasons why this is a great book. I'd like to mention why it's an important one. The context is, pretty obviously, ongoing and deepening ecocrisis. A big part of that crisis results from the attitudes and values driving our actions, and a big part of those consist of failing to recognise and respect the value of the natural world beyond its usefulness to us.
This is where Abram's book comes in, because he refuses to follow the mass of so-called environmentalists who have bought into the anthropocentric and instrumentalist paradigm. Lusting after mainstream corporate and political acceptance, most of the big environmental NGO's and many 'green' spokespersons have sold the soul of environmentalism: nature's intrinsic value, and our finally utter dependence on it. With so many false ecological friends out there, Abram's animism is a necessary and urgent rediscovery of the kind of relationships we must learn (relearn, really) to develop with the natural world if we, and much of it, is to have any chance to survive. So don't be fooled into thinking it can be put in a box of optional or fluffy stuff called 'spiritual'. Abram's world is profoundly material, including all its wonders and powers, and Becoming Animal is a powerful political statement.
Patrick Curry (Author of Ecological Ethics: An Introduction)