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William R. Jordan

Environmentalism has made much of the idea of community since Aldo Leopold proposed it as the crucial metaphor defining a healthy relationship between humans and the rest of nature. Community, however, far from being the solution to our environmental problems, is actually just a useful way of framing the problem. How, for example, do you form a working relationship with an ecologically obsolete system that owes nothing to you? The answer: You commit yourself to its restoration, cultivating a studied indifference to your own interests—a practice the author terms "holistic restoration."

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Michael Sheridan

and contemporary Hindus (1966: 125). Anxieties about the polluting substances that cross the boundaries of the body reflect anxieties about the purity (and ultimately the existence) of the body politic, and find expression in ritual prohibitions

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Eric J. Cunningham

, were ritually invited down into rice paddies where they became ta no kami , and then returned again to the mountains at the end of the growing season. William Kelly (1986) describes similar beliefs regarding water among lowland farmers in the late

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Lam Yee Man

, “[p]urification, which removes dirt from the past and so makes ready for the future, is ideally suited as a ritual to mark transition” ( Parker 1983: 24 ). In the Greek religious context, the ritual of purification marks the end of contamination, an

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Susann Baez Ullberg

that the impoverished districts on the Westside and on the eastern Coastside had suffered disastrous floods every tenth year or so during the last century. Yet I was at first puzzled to find so little social life—ritual practices, material objects, and

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John Sonnett

” including “ritual consultations with the spirits by priestly diviners” (101), but such a description is not applied to ancient Greece. China was ruled by a “despotic emperor” who used “forced labor” (105), but we do not see a similar description of Rome

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People and Plants

Kay E. Lewis-Jones

the pleasure, sense of well-being, or aesthetics that they render, whether that be in our gardens, nature preserves, homes, or in ritual, art, or literature (e.g., Ellen and Komaromi 2013 ; Hartigan 2014 ; Hitchings 2003 ; Power 2005 ). Barnes

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Constanza Parra and Frank Moulaert

, world living, land) connecting human beings, nature, and deities who are considered equal beings in respectful and joyful interaction ( Gonzalez and Gonzalez 2010: 83 ). This cosmovision is manifested in traditional Atacameño rituals and in ties that

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Ryan Gunderson

ideology as a consensual reproduction of the social order in everyday life. Regarding the Althusserian contribution, ideology does indeed take place within external signs (e.g., text), rituals, and reproductive practices (i.e., in “material” and often pre

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Christian Hunold

City rehabbers invited the public to attend the release in Central Park. The young hawk flew to a tree, and immediately Pale Male landed on a branch next to him, a classic greeting ritual. The Philadelphia haggards did not get to experience being