Renewing the cultural and environmental commons: creating communities of mutual care, solidarity and reciprocity

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Kathleen Barrett Latham (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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H. Svi Shapiro

Abstract: This dissertation explores the growing social, economic, and environmental crisis and the resulting culture of fragmentation, destruction and moral disconnection. Utilizing a semi-autobiographical approach that grounds my research in the context of my living network of relations, I investigate what it means to be an educator and activist engaged in healing and repairing the world. Exploring the balance between theory and practice, and differentiation and bonding, my focus is on the catalyzing experiences that have the potential to ignite a fundamental shift in consciousness, agency, and imaginative possibilities. Moving between my own storied life and the larger theoretical questions raised, I explore ways of knowing and learning that have the potential to create a shift from empire to earth democracy, from destructiveness to nurturing mutually responsible communities of care. The voices of my students are included to elucidate a path toward open-ended, inclusive, intersubjective and lovingly relational communities.

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Language: English
Date: 2010
Community, Earth-democracy Ecology, Reciprocity, Responsibility, Solidarity
Educational sociology.
Postmodernism and education.
Critical pedagogy.
Ethics, Modern $y 21st century.
Civilization, Modern $y 21st century.
Dominance (Psychology) $y 21st century.
Environmental justice $x Philosophy.
Human ecology $x Philosophy.
Deep ecology $x Philosophy.
Communities $x Philosophy.
Environmental policy $x Citizen participation.

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