Living Sustainably: What Intentional Communities Can Teach Us about Democracy, Simplicity, and Nonviolence


Product Details

University Press of Kentucky
Publish Date
June 16, 2017
6.2 X 9.0 X 0.9 inches | 0.01 pounds

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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.


"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

"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