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Globalism and Localization

Emergent Solutions to Ecological and Social Crises, 1st Edition

Edited by Jeanine M. Canty


202 pages

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Considering the context of the present ecological and social crisis, this book takes an interdisciplinary approach to explore the relationship between globalism and localization. Globalism may be viewed as a positive emergent property of globalization. The latter depicts a worldwide economic and political system, and arguably a worldview, that has directly increased planetary levels of injustice, poverty, militarism, violence, and ecological destruction. In contrast, globalism represents interconnected systems of exchange and resourcefulness through increased communications across innumerable global diversities. In an economic, cultural, and political framework, localization centers on small-scale communities placed within the immediate bioregion, providing intimacy between the means of production and consumption, as well as long-term security and resilience. There is an increasing movement towards localization in order to counteract the destruction wreaked by globalization, yet our world is deeply and integrally immersed within a globalized reality.

Within this collection, contributors expound upon the connection between local and global phenomenon within their respective fields including social ecology, climate justice, ecopsychology, big history, peace ecology, social justice, community resilience, indigenous rights, permaculture, food justice, liberatory politics, and both transformative and transpersonal studies.


Together the essays in this brilliantly conceived collection reveal the strengths of global activism. While presenting indigenous and local wisdom, these essays document the effectiveness of engaged local community through a myriad of lenses – whether indigenous food sovereignty, or environmental groups, or climate, economic and social justice movements. Along with glimpses of an innovative, potential and future well-being for us all, these pages give us a wide and fertile ground for change. Susan Griffin, author Woman and Nature (2016).

"Think globally, act locally"—there’s a lot of wisdom in that slogan, but what is the difference between globalism and globalization? Can localization work for the wellbeing of the whole planet? The contributors to this volume look at these issues through the complementary lenses of economic and environmental justice, racism, ecopsychology, permaculture, indigenous rights, digital technology, and mobilization strategies. The result is a thoughtful and useful response to the social and ecological crises that challenge us today. David Loy, author of Ecodharma: Buddhist Teachings for the Ecological Crisis (2019)

A provocative collection of diverse climate justice voices from the ground that engages globalism as one of the most important paradigms of our time and analyzes how globalization has the potential to destroy our sense of place, belonging, and location. As our increasingly globalized world thrusts and displaces individuals and collective societies beyond our locations into larger unfamiliar and abstract spaces occupied by market profiteers, transnational corporations, and state governments, these authors offer perspectives, emergent solutions, and hope for our social and ecological crisis. Advocating and reclaiming a paradigm of localization could be truly transformative. This is an important book to read. Suzanne Benally, Executive Director, Cultural Survival

From the first word of the "Dedication" to the last sentence of the final chapter, this book’s radical thinkers open vistas to the futures we want. They do this via a relational understanding of the meanings of social justice and their deep and nuanced intersectional engagements with climate justice, indigenous struggles, food sovereignty, the promises and perils of digital organizing, living better (as in buen vivir) and transforming selves and worlds at the same time. This book’s heart is in just the right place, the space where ordinary people’s activism reaches toward total liberation, from the community just down the street to the ends of the pluriverse and everywhere between and betwixt. John Foran, Scholar-Activist, and Professor of Sociology, University of California, Santa Barbara

Table of Contents


Jeanine M. Canty

Chapter 1, Climate Justice and the Challenge of Local Solution

Brian Tokar

Chapter 2, The African Burial Ground: Roots of Ecological Destruction and Social Exploitation

Carl C. Anthony

Chapter 3, The Ties that Bind: An Earth Based Story of Home

Jeanine M. Canty

Chapter 4, Food Justice, Permaculture, and Global Urban Strategy

Stephen Polk

Chapter 5, The Declaration of Ek Balam: Protecting the Sacred in Corn

Devon G. Peña

Chapter 6, The Paradox of Digital Technology in Social Movements

Jade Begay

Chapter 7, A Climate Justice Compass for Transforming Self and World

M. Paloma Pavel

Chapter 8, The Evolution of the Environmental Justice Movement: Trans Local Voices for Systemic Transformations

Ana Isabel Baptista

Chapter 9, Ethical Path to Ecological and Social Survival

Asoka Bandarage

Chapter 10, Living La Vida Local: Small Steps Toward Global Change

Randall Amster


About the Editor

Jeanine M. Canty, PhD, is professor at Naropa University. A lover of nature, justice, and contemplative practice, she focuses her teaching on the intersection of social and ecological justice and the process of worldview expansion and positive change. She is both an editor of and a contributor to Ecological and Social Healing: Multicultural Women’s Voices and selected works featured in The Wiley Handbook of Transpersonal Psychology, the International Journal of Transpersonal Studies, Sustainability: The Journal of Record, World Futures: The Journal of New Paradigm Research, Shadows & Light: Theory, Research, and Practice in Transpersonal Psychology, and The Body and Oppression: Its Roots, Its Voices, and Its Resolutions.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Public Policy / Environmental Policy
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Sociology / General