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Grounding Religion

A Field Guide to the Study of Religion and Ecology, 2nd Edition

Edited by Whitney A. Bauman, Richard Bohannon, Kevin J. O'Brien

© 2017 – Routledge

280 pages | 5 B/W Illus.

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Now in its second edition, Grounding Religion explores relationships between the environment and religious beliefs and practices. Established scholars introduce students to the ways in which religion shapes human–earth relations, surveying a series of questions about how the religious world influences and is influenced by ecological systems.

Case studies, discussion questions, and further reading enrich students’ experience. This second edition features updated content, including revisions of every chapter and new material on natural disasters, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, climate change, food, technology, and hope and despair. An excellent text for undergraduates and graduates alike, it offers an expansive overview of the academic field of religion and ecology as it has emerged in the past fifty years.

Reviews

"Grounding Religion is an accessible and engaging introduction to religion and ecology for the undergraduate classroom. Changes made for the second edition - especially the new chapters addressing race and ethnicity, climate change, and hope and despair are particularly timely." Nancy Menning, Ithaca College, USA

"In recent years, the literature exploring the intersections between religion and nature has grown exponentially. Grounding Religion is both an original contribution to the field and also a smart, wide-ranging introduction to it. It provides good overviews of important topics such as place, food, and climate change without merely repeating familiar discussions. Even better, it addresses crucial issues that are rarely included in discussions of religion and ecology, such as economics and technology. It will be an essential resource for scholars and an outstanding teaching tool." Anna Peterson, University of Florida, USA

Table of Contents

Notes on contributors

Introduction to the second edition

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Whitney A. Bauman, Richard Bohannon, and Kevin J. O’Brien

1 Religion: what is it, who gets to decide, and why does it matter?

Whitney A. Bauman, Richard Bohannon, and Kevin J. O’Brien

2 Case Study: religion and the twenty-first century North American anti-extraction movement

Joseph Witt

3 Ecology: what is it, who gets to decide, and why does it matter?

Whitney A. Bauman, Richard Bohannon, and Kevin J. O’Brien

4 Case Study: religion and disaster: the Merapi volcano eruption

Najiyah Martiam

5 Gender and queers studies

Whitney A. Bauman and Heather Eaton

6 Race and ethnicity

Carol Wayne White

7 The power of place

Brian G. Campbell

8 Globalization

Lois Ann Lorentzen

9 Climate change

Laurel Kearns

10 Food

Whitney Sanford

11 Animals

Dave Aftandilian

12 Technology

Noreen Herzfeld

13 Justice

Richard Bohannon and Kevin J. O’Brien

14 Sustainability

Willis Jenkins

15 Economics

Laura M. Hartman

16 Conclusion: despair, hope, and action

Whitney A. Bauman and Kevin J. O’Brien

Index

About the Editors

Whitney A. Bauman is Associate Professor of Religious Studies at Florida International University, Florida, USA.

Richard Bohannon is a cartographer and teaches in the Geography Department at St. Cloud State University, Minnesota, USA.

Kevin J. O’Brien is Associate Professor of Religion and Dean of Humanities at Pacific Lutheran University, Washington, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
REL000000
RELIGION / General