- Series: Culture Of The Land
- Hardcover: 302 pages
- Publisher: University Press of Kentucky (May 10, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0813168635
- ISBN-13: 978-0813168630
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,707,940 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Living Sustainably: What Intentional Communities Can Teach Us about Democracy, Simplicity, and Nonviolence (Culture Of The Land) Hardcover – May 10, 2017
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"This kind of honest, personal, investigative work is crucial and refreshing as people meet both familiar and unprecedented challenges in living together."―Julianne Lutz Warren, author of Aldo Leopold's Odyssey: Rediscovering the Author of A Sand County Almanac
"Reading this book feels like listening to a good friend who has gone on a long and sometimes strange trip and is now sharing the excitement and revelations of her journey with us. Inviting, informative, and down to earth, Living Sustainably will interest anyone who wants to know how we can live out our values in an increasingly unsustainable American culture."―Dave Aftandilian, coeditor of City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness
"Sanford's study of the ways in which democracy, simplicity, and nonviolence are practiced in these communities offers many thought-provoking models for a different kind of life in contemporary America. Her book is an engaging overview of the quirks and challenges that these communities face, as well as their many achievements.
[This book] will leave its readers with a richer understanding of both the tribulations and joys of living in intentional communities."―Communities
"The book, which chronicles the 15 intentional communities Sanford visited over a four-year period, offers some suggestions―if not answers―about what many of us can learn from those who live in intentional communities."―Christian Century
"I recommend this honest personal odyssey to anyone on the brink of transition to a more sustainable lifestyle. Sanford shares insights from people who are in the process of inventing and testing creative small-scale solutions within their intentional communities. Those communities are presented as demonstration sites willing to share their experimental responses to the violence of environmental and social crises.
At first glance, the reader finds little or no explicit religion in this book. But the literally down-to-earth engagement of the interviewees tells of intimate connections between humans and their habitat and thus actually offers a re-reading of religion."―Reading Religion
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.
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According to Professor Whitney Sanford, they have evolved into or have been replaced with better thought out living arrangements with less emphasis on Peace, Love, Getting High and Dropping Out, and more on sustainability, self-sufficiency, and radical democracy supported by modern science (wind and solar power, experimental building construction materials, advanced organic fertilization techniques, etc).
In this interesting and well-written book, Sanford visits (and often lives within) 15 different communities ranging from rural eco-farms to inner-city housing complexes emphasizing charity work. Rather than provide a blow by blow description of each community, Sanford dedicates each chapter to a single topic (governance, feeding, etc) and describes how the various communities address these issues.
The author writes with a New Journalism style . This book is a combination of well-researched (and indexed) facts and statistics admixed with the author's direct observations, quotes from people she has interviewed on site, and occasionally her opinions and musings about how what she has observed might or might not affect her own lifestyle.
Overall a fascinating read for those considering an alternative lifestyle and for anyone interested in what some Americans are doing to reduce their carbon footprint while creating supportive micro-communities in which to live.