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Place, Ecology and the Sacred: The Moral Geography of Sustainable Communities

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Original languageEnglish
PublisherBloomsbury Academic
Number of pages208
ISBN (Print)1441199640, 9781441199645, 9781441134066
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jun 2015


Place, Ecology and the Sacred demonstrates how the loss of a sense of place is of central importance to the modern ecological crisis. Bringing together and further developing some of his groundbreaking work on the concept of parochial ecology, or place-based environmentalism, Northcott argues that the recovery of a sense of place - and of governmental structures and moral practices that map onto and arise out of place-specific communities - is essential to the resolution of the ecological crisis. The idea of parochial is often seen negatively in modern metropolitan culture, but genuine parochiality recalls the gathered and face to face character of Christian Eucharist community. The modes of governance and resource harvesting, allocation and use that dominate advanced industrial societies involve a denial of the place-based character of creaturely and personal life as revealed in the Old and New Testaments and subsequently in the Christian doctrine of the Church. Place, Ecology and the Sacred argues for an ecclesial recovery of a sense of place as a foil to the continuing and increased mobility of the modern world.

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