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Environmental Anthropology Engaging Ecotopia: Bioregionalism, Permaculture, and Ecovillages

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Environmental Anthropology and Ethnobiology

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Environmental Anthropology Engaging Ecotopia

Bioregionalism, Permaculture, and Ecovillages

Edited by Joshua Lockyer and James R. Veteto

348 pages, 10 figures & tables, 1 map, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-0-85745-879-7 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (April 2013)

ISBN  978-1-78238-905-7 $34.95/£27.95 Pb Published (February 2015)

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The contributors look beyond techno-fixes to ask deep questions about underlying cultural ontologies that…will undoubtedly resonate with and inspire students; [this volume] is highly recommended for use in both undergraduate and graduate courses in anthropology and environmental studies…Because it takes an important step toward developing the kind of direct engagement between academia and the public that will be necessary if we are to realize our ultimate objective of reinhabitation and all it implies, this volume will be important for years, perhaps decades, to come.”  ·  Culture, Agriculture, Food and Environment

The book is well structured, engaging and highly topical; it brings together a range of academics and practitioners—itself a potentially interesting and seldom examined dialogue—around three main areas which form the book’s structure: Bioregionalism; Permaculture; Ecovillages.”  ·  Malcolm Miles, University of Plymouth

This is an excellent and timely collection of essays by ecological and environmental anthropologists and other scholars and activists who, together, are redefining the field of human ecology as a contribution to the cultural revolution the world needs, if we are to achieve the transition to sustainability.”  ·  Laura M. Rival, University of Oxford

“…a fascinating and significant anthology. The integration in this book of theory and practice, scholar and activist, reprinted classics and new essays, is very creative and admirable. It deals with three contemporary subjects that have been rather neglected by researchers…It is current and futuristic in many respects [and] deserves a wide readership.”  ·  Leslie E. Sponsel, University of Hawai’i


In order to move global society towards a sustainable “ecotopia,” solutions must be engaged in specific places and communities, and the authors here argue for re-orienting environmental anthropology from a problem-oriented towards a solutions-focused endeavor. Using case studies from around the world, the contributors—scholar-activists and activist-practitioners— examine the interrelationships between three prominent environmental social movements: bioregionalism, a worldview and political ecology that grounds environmental action and experience; permaculture, a design science for putting the bioregional vision into action; and ecovillages, the ever-dynamic settings for creating sustainable local cultures.

Joshua Lockyer is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Arkansas Tech University where he is co-creating a bioregionally-based undergraduate anthropology program.

James R. Veteto is Assistant Professor and faculty member of the Cherokee Studies Program in the Department of Anthropology and Sociology at Western Carolina University. He is Executive Director of the Appalachian Institute for Mountain Studies and Director of the Southern Seed Legacy.

Subject: Environmental Studies (General) Anthropology (General)


List of Tables, Figures, and Maps

E.N. Anderson

Introduction: Environmental Anthropology Engaging Ecotopia: An Introduction
Joshua Lockyer and James R. Veteto



Chapter 1. Growing a Life-Place Politics
Peter Berg   

Chapter 2. On Bioregionalism and Watershed Consciousness
James J. Parsons

Chapter 3. Growing an Oak: An Ethnography of Ozark Bioregionalism
Brian C. Campbell

Chapter 4. The Adirondack Semester: An Integrated Approach to Cultivating Bioregional Knowledge & Consciousness
Steve Alexander and Baylor Johnson

Further Readings on Bioregionalism


Chapter 5. Environmental Anthropology Engaging Permaculture: Moving Theory and Practice Toward Sustainability
James R. Veteto and Joshua Lockyer

Chapter 6.  Weeds or Wisdom? Permaculture in the Eye of the Beholder on Latvian Eco-Health Farms
Guntra Aistara

Chapter 7.  Permaculture in the City: Ecological Habitus and the Distributed Ecovillage
Randolph Haluza-Delay and Ron Berezan

Chapter 8.  Culture, Permaculture and Experimental Anthropology in the Houston Foodshed
Bob Randall

Chapter 9.  Putting Permaculture Ethics to Work: Commons Thinking, Progress and Hope
Katy Fox

Chapter 10. Permaculture in Practice: Low Impact Development in Britain
Jenny Pickerill

Chapter 11. In Search of Global Sustainability and Justice: How Permaculture Can Contribute to Development Policy
Aili Pyhälä

Further Readings on Permaculture


Chapter 12. From Islands to Networks: The History and Future of the Ecovillage Movement
Jonathan Dawson

Chapter 13. Creating Alternative Political Ecologies through the Construction of Ecovillages and Ecovillagers in Colombia
Brian Burke and Beatriz Arjona

Chapter 14. Globalizing the Ecovillage Ideal: Networks of Neighborliness, Seeds of Hope
Todd LeVasseur   

Chapter 15.  Academia’s Hidden Curriculum and Ecovillages as Campuses for Sustainability Education
Daniel Greenberg  

Chapter 16. Ecovillages and Capitalism: Building Sustainable Communities within an Unsustainable Context
Ted Baker

Further Readings on Ecovillages

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