Religion and Sustainability
Social Movements and the Politics of the Environment
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Author(s): Lucas F. Johnston  
ISBN: 1908049820
ISBN-13: 9781908049827
Publication Date: 31 Jan 2013
Pages: 224 (234 x 156 mm)
Format: Paperback
Published Price: £19.99
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Sustainability is now key to international and national policy, manufacture and consumption. It is also central to many individuals who try to lead environmentally ethical lives. Historically, religion has been a significant part of many visions of sustainability. Pragmatically, the inclusion of religious values in conservation and development efforts has facilitated relationships between people with different value structures. Despite this, little attention has been paid to the interdependence of sustainability and religion, with no significant comparisons of religious and secular sustainability advocacy. Religion and Sustainability presents the first broad analysis of the spiritual dimensions of sustainability-oriented social movements. Exploring the similarities and differences between the conceptions of sustainability held by religious, interfaith and secular organizations, the book analyses how religious practice and discourse have impacted on political ideology and process.

“The novel approach employed in Religion and Sustainability captures the fascinating social movements emerging from the intersection of global environmental issues and moral traditions.” – Evan Berry, American University, Washington, DC, USA

“In this sophisticated and well-written study, Johnston offers a much-needed and thought-provoking ‘missing link’ emphasizing the religious dimensions of contemporary sustainability movements.” – Laura Hobgood-Oster, Southwestern University, USA

“An interesting, timely investigation of diffences and commonalities between secular, interfaith, and faith-based organizations that have engaged sustainaibility in their practices… Highly recommended.” – Choice

Lucas F. Johnston is Assistant Professor of Religion and Environmental Studies at Wake Forest University, North Carolina, USA.

Part I: Defining Religion and Sustainability, and Why it Matters
1. The Stakes of Sustainability and its Religious Dimensions
2. Defining the Terms: Religion and Sustainability
3. Sustainability as a contagious meme
Part II: The Emergence and Development of Sustainability
4. The Genesis and Globalization of Sustainability
5. The Religious Dimensions of Sustainability at the Nexus of Civil Society and International Politics
6. The Contribution of Natural Sciences and Social Sciences to the Religious Dimensions of Sustainability
Part III: The Ethnographic Data and Sustainability Cases
7. Walking Together Separately: Evangelical Creation Care
8. Stories of Partnership: Interfaith Efforts Toward Sustainability
9. The Religious Dimensions of Secular Sustainability
10. Manufacturing or Cultivating Common Ground

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