Perma/Culture:: Imagining Alternatives in an Age of Crisis


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Perma/Culture:: Imagining Alternatives in an Age of Crisis Editors: David Carruthers, Molly Wallace Format: Hardback First Published: Published By: Taylor & Francis Ltd Pages: 238 Illustrations and other contents: 15 Halftones, black and white; 15 Halftones, black and white Language: English ISBN: 9781138284845 Category:

In the face of what seems like a concerted effort to destroy the only planet that can sustain us, critique is an important tool. It is in this vein that most scholars have approached environmental crisis. While there are numerous texts that chronicle contemporary issues in environmental ills, there are relatively few that explore the possibilities and practices which work to avoid collapse and build alternatives. The keyword of this book’s full title, ‘Perma/Culture,’ alludes to and plays on ‘permaculture’, an international movement that can provide a framework for navigating the multiple ‘other worlds’ within a broader environmental ethic. This edited collection brings together essays from an international team of scholars, activists and artists in order to provide a critical introduction to the ethico-political and cultural elements around the concept of ‘Perma/Culture’. These multidisciplinary essays include a varied landscape of sites and practices, from readings from ecotopian literature to an analysis of the intersection of agriculture and art; from an account of the rewards and difficulties of building community in Transition Towns to a description of the ad hoc infrastructure of a fracking protest camp. Offering a number of constructive models in response to current global environmental challenges, this book makes a significant contribution to current eco-literature and will be of great interest to students and researchers in Environmental Humanities, Environmental Studies, Sociology and Communication Studies.

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Author Biography

Molly Wallace is Associate Professor of English at Queen's University, Canada. She writes about and teaches contemporary literature and ecocultural studies. David Carruthers is a PhD candidate in English at Queen's University, Canada. His recent work appears in Mosaic: a journal for the interdisciplinary study of literature.