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Living Sustainably: What Intentional Communities Can Teach Us about Democracy, Simplicity, and Nonviolence

A. Whitney Sanford


How can we live together in ways that are healthy and sustainable for people and the planet? This book tells the story of people attempting to live intentionally and sustainably by practicing ideals of nonviolence, participatory democracy, and voluntary simplicity. Between 2011 and 2015, I conducted ethnographic research in over twenty intentional communities, which can be broadly defined as residential communities organized around shared values, around the US. These communities understand themselves as demonstration communities, developing and testing, but not imposing, new patterns of living ... More

Keywords: Intentional community, ecovillage, Sustainability, Voluntary simplicity, Nonviolence, Food, Participatory democracy, Cohousing, Catholic Worker

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780813168630
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2017 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813168630.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A. Whitney Sanford, author
University of Florida