Perma/Culture:

Perma/Culture: : Imagining Alternatives in an Age of Crisis

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In the face of what seems like a concerted effort to destroy the only planet that can sustain us, critique is an important tool. It is in this vein that most scholars have approached environmental crisis. While there are numerous texts that chronicle contemporary issues in environmental ills, there are relatively few that explore the possibilities and practices which work to avoid collapse and build alternatives.





The keyword of this book's full title, 'Perma/Culture,' alludes to and plays on 'permaculture', an international movement that can provide a framework for navigating the multiple 'other worlds' within a broader environmental ethic. This edited collection brings together essays from an international team of scholars, activists and artists in order to provide a critical introduction to the ethico-political and cultural elements around the concept of 'Perma/Culture'. These multidisciplinary essays include a varied landscape of sites and practices, from readings from ecotopian literature to an analysis of the intersection of agriculture and art; from an account of the rewards and difficulties of building community in Transition Towns to a description of the ad hoc infrastructure of a fracking protest camp.





Offering a number of constructive models in response to current global environmental challenges, this book makes a significant contribution to current eco-literature and will be of great interest to students and researchers in Environmental Humanities, Environmental Studies, Sociology and Communication Studies.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 238 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 13.46mm | 467g
  • ROUTLEDGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 15 Halftones, black and white
  • 0367152444
  • 9780367152444

Table of contents

Poem "Seeds of Aleppo"


Tiffany Higgins



Introduction Perma/Culture


Molly Wallace and David Carruthers





PART I: Pattern Languages



Ch 1. A Pain in the Neck and Permacultural Subjectivity


Andrea Most


Ch 2. Bringing Forth an Ecotopian Future: The Production of Imagined Futures through Contemporary Cultural Practices


Stephen Zavestoski and Andrew Weigert


Ch 3. Reclaiming Accountability from Hypertechnocivility, to Grow Again the Flowering Earth


Patrick Jones


Ch 4. Murray River Country: Challenging Water Management Practices to (Re)invent Place


Camille Rouliere


Ch 5. Wild Urban Green Spaces as Seen through Montreal's "Wild City Mapping" Project


Dominique Ferraton





PART II: Transitions in Practice



Ch 6. The Art of Permatravel


Nina Gartrell


Ch 7. Momentum in the Age of Sustainability: Building Up and Burning Out in a Transition Town


Emily Polk


Ch 8. "Fracking Is Stoppable, Another World is Possible"


Claire Males


Ch 9. The Problem with Money: Possibilities for Alternative, Sustainable, Non-monetary Economies


George Price





PART III: REVOLUTION DISGUISED AS GARDENING



Ch 10: A War Against Weeds: Combating Climate Change with Polycultural Pacifism


David Carruthers


Ch 11. Regeneration: Loss and Reclamation in African American Agrarianism


Leah Penniman


Ch 12. Defining the Process of Re-indigenization through Soil Communities


Ruth Lapp and Robert Lovelace


Ch 13. Sharing Food, Sharing Knowledge: Food and Agriculture in Contemporary Art Practices


Amanda White


Ch 14. The End(s) of Freeganism and the Cultural Production of Food Waste


Leda Cooks



Poem The gleaner difference


Natalie Joelle


Afterword Gleanings


Molly Wallace
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About Molly Wallace

Molly Wallace is Associate Professor of English at Queen's University, Canada. She writes about and teaches contemporary literature and ecocultural studies.


David Carruthers is a PhD candidate in English at Queen's University, Canada. His recent work appears in Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature.
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