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The Ecovillage Movement: New Ways to Experience Nature

Alice Brombin

Environmental Values 28 (2019): 191-210. doi: 10.3197/096327119X15515267418520

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Ecovillages have become a phenomenon as communities focused on shared goals of sustainable living and ecological engagement grew worldwide. Within ecovillages sustainability is not meant just in material terms, but also as a specific way of interacting with nature, involving an ethics of closeness and care. The natural environment is considered as an active agent of intimate emotions. On this basis, this article focuses on the connection between multispecies ethnography and the human/non-human encounter that takes places within these communities, pointing out how it contributes to the production of new relational subjectivities.


Ecovillages, multispecies ethnography, relational subjectivities, social movements, nature/culture debate

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