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Global Sustainability and Communities of Practice

Edited by Carl A. Maida and Sam Beck

236 pages, bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78533-844-1 $135.00/£99.00 Hb Published (March 2018)

ISBN  978-1-78533-845-8 $29.95/£23.95 Pb Published (March 2018)

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“An interesting and consistently well-written book. Academics and researchers working on sustainability issues from the fields of anthropology, sociology, and other social sciences will find this book a worthwhile read, particularly for research grounded in the case study approach.” • Choice


Collaboration between experts and the public is vital for effective community engagement aimed at improving the lives of the most vulnerable in society, whether at the local or global level. Using case-based and theoretical chapters that examine rural and urban communities of practice, this volume illustrates how participatory researchers and students, as well as policy and community leaders, find ways to engage with the broader public when it comes to global sustainability research and practice.

Carl A. Maida is a professor in the Institute of the Environment and Sustainability and Director of the Pre-College Science Education Program at the University of California, Los Angeles. His publications include Sustainability and Communities of Place (2007) and Pathways Through Crisis: Urban Risk and Public Culture (2008). He co-edited with Sam Beck Toward Engaged Anthropology (2013) and Public Anthropology in a Borderless World (2015). He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the American Anthropological Association, and the Society for Applied Anthropology.

Sam Beck is a senior lecturer in the College of Human Ecology and the Urban Semester Program at Cornell University. His publications include Manny Almeida’s Ringside Lounge: The Cape Verdean Struggle for Their Neighborhood (1992). He co-edited with Carl A. Maida Toward Engaged Anthropology (2013) and Public Anthropology in a Borderless World (2015). He was recognized by Cornell University with the 2006 Award for Outstanding Community and Public Service.

Subject: Environmental Studies (General) Anthropology (General)


Introduction: Towards Global Sustainability and Communities of Practice
Carl A. Maida and Sam Beck


Chapter 1. Cultivating Sustainability Literacy and Public Engagement in Intag, Ecuador
Linda D'Amico

Chapter 2. Spaces for Transdisciplinary Dialogues on the Relationship between Local Communities and their Environment: The Case of a Rural Community in the Calchaqui Valley (Salta, Argentina)
Marta Crivos, Maria Rosa Martinez, Laura Teves, and Carolina Remorini

Chapter 3. Affective Solidarities? Participating in and Witnessing Fair Trade and Women’s Empowerment in Transnational Communities of Practice
Debarati Sen


Chapter 4. Plural Citizenship and Social Inclusion in Brazil’s Urban Communities of Practice
Carla Guerron Montero

Chapter 5. The Role of Communities of Practice in Urban Rights Activism in Istanbul, Turkey
Danielle V. Schoon and Funda Oral

Chapter 6. Cultivating Civic Ecology A Photovoice Study with Urban Gardeners in Lisbon, Portugal
Krista Harper and Ana Isabel Afonso

Chapter 7. Knowledge Production and Emancipatory Social Movements from the Heart of Globalized Hipsterdom, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
Sam Beck


Chapter 8. Knowing Sustainability: Building Communities of Practice through Project-Based Learning in Urban Ecology at High Tech High
Carl A. Maida

Chapter 9. Inventing Eco-Cycle A Social Enterprise Approach to Sustainability Education
Sandy Smith-Nonini

Chapter 10. Confronting Tyranny in a Public Health Agency:  Crafting a ‘Philosophy of Praxis’ into a ‘Community of Resistance’
Brian McKenna

Chapter 11. Local Trade and Exchange/Employment Systems (LETS) in Future Eco-sustainable Societies
Richard Westra

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