Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC <p><em>The Journal of Religion, Nature and Culture, </em>which has been published quarterly since 2007<em>,</em> explores through the social and natural sciences the complex relationships among human beings, their diverse 'religions' (broadly and diversely defined) and the earth's living systems, while providing a venue for analysis and debate over what constitutes an ethically appropriate relationship between our own species and the environments we inhabit. <a href="https://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/about">Read more.</a></p> en-US <p>© Equinox Publishing Ltd.</p> <p>For information regarding our Open Access policy, <a title="Open access policy." href="Full%20details of our conditions related to copyright can be found by clicking here.">click here</a>.</p> amnv22@ufl.edu (Amanda Nichols) aparkin@equinoxpub.com (Ailsa Parkin) Mon, 08 Nov 2021 18:53:37 +0000 OJS 3.3.0.7 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss 60 Special Issue Introduction http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19215 <p>.</p> Irene Becci, Alexandre Grandjean, Christophe Monnot, Salomé Okoekpen Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19215 Mon, 08 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 The Spiritualization of Ecology and (De)politicization http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19556 <p>This article examines the political effects of the spiritualization of ecology by considering the theoretical debate opposing ecology as subpolitics (i.e., a vector of new forms of politicization) and ecology as post-politics (i.e., a vector of depoliticization). This debate addresses the links between ecology, spirituality, and politics and hinges on the contrasting ways in which these terms may be understood. This study brings empirical specilcity to this debate by analyzing how it unfolds among environmentalist farmers in France. The lndings show how different views on ecology, spirituality, and politics coexist in one and the same movement depending on the farmers’ backgrounds. This demonstrates the ongoing redelnition of spirituality as a cultural category crosscutting the modern opposition between politics and religion, and highlights an understanding of the spiritualization of ecology as the addition of alternative political perspectives, more or less openly competing, rather than as a one-dimensional process of (de)politicization.</p> Mathieu Gervais Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19556 Mon, 08 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Biodynamic Wine-crafting in Switzerland http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19216 <p>Over the past two decades, Swiss wine-crafting professionals (vignerons) have increasingly turned their attention toward a ‘holistic’ and ecosystemic understanding of their vineyards. Among them, a growing professional segment has engaged in an esoteric agronomy inspired by Rudolf Steiner: Biodynamics. This approach is illustrative of Bron Taylor’s dark green religion applied to agronomy. This ethnographic study describes and analyzes how Swiss vignerons translate and adapt the legacy of Steiner in their everyday lives. After detailing how practitioners frame their engagement in this agronomy, the author distinguishes two processes in the translation and adaptation of Rudolf Steiner’s insights: (a) secularization, which bridges the guidelines of biodynamics and common secular naturalistic ideas; and (b) spiritualization, which relies on supernaturalistic conceptions in line with ‘expressive selfhood’ and the quest for well-being. The author argues that these two processes do not stand in mutual opposition, but rather have been intertwined in Euro-American modernities.</p> Alexandre Grandjean Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19216 Mon, 08 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Sensing ‘Subtle Spirituality’ among Environmentalists http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19557 <p>This article examines the emergence, in the Swiss context, of a new category of ecologically oriented ‘spiritual’ activists. The authors look at empirical studies conducted internationally on the link between religion and environmentalism and argue that ‘spiritually oriented activists’ are rarely investigated in quantitative studies. The authors then examine the findings of a case study of local milieus in two Swiss cities and nationwide data collected as part of the Swiss Household Panel (SHP). They close the gap between results coming from case studies, on the one hand, and representative studies, on the other, by introducing the variable of spirituality into quantitative research. The results suggest that an ecological milieu is emerging comprised of people who are located politically on the left, do not self-identify as religious, but nonetheless practice meditation and have holistic feelings. The forms of spirituality practiced by these ecologists are ‘subtle’ in the sense of being adaptable, located in the background, and supportive of sustainability. </p> Irene Becci, Christophe Monnot, Boris Wernli Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19557 Mon, 08 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 The Spirits of the Great Green Wall in Senegal http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19555 <p>This article offers an ethnographic study of the involvement of a controversial modern Japanese religious movement, Sukyo Mahikari, within the state-led pan-African reforestation project known as the Great Green Wall. The author argues that the members’ environmental efforts against desertilcation and climate change bring together so-called ‘religious’ and ‘secular’ actors. She shows how the oflcial recognition of Sukyo Mahikari as a valuable partner of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Senegal blurs the boundaries between the political, environmental, and religious spheres thanks to a ‘working misunderstanding’, an expression coined by Marshal Sahlins, thereby overcoming different framings in their relation to nature. This contribution examines the conditions that have facilitated the simultaneous secularization and spiritualization of ecology in the Senegalese context.</p> Frédérique Louveau Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/19555 Mon, 08 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Emily C. Donaldson, Working with the Ancestors: Mana and Place in the Marquesas Islands http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20731 <p>Emily C. Donaldson, Working with the Ancestors: Mana and Place in the Marquesas Islands (Seattle: University of Washington Press, 2019), 250 pp., $30.00 (pbk), ISBN: 9780295745831.</p> Kathleen C. Riley Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20731 Mon, 08 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Shai Feraro and Ethan Doyle White (eds.), Magic and Witchery in the Modern West: Celebrating the Twentieth Anniversary of ‘Triumph of the Moon’ http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20736 <p>Shai Feraro and Ethan Doyle White (eds.), Magic and Witchery in the Modern West: Celebrating the Twentieth Anniversary of ‘Triumph of the Moon’ (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019), xiii + 259 pp., $119.99 (hbk), ISBN: 9783030155490.</p> Amy Hale Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20736 Mon, 08 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Bernard T. Adeney-Risakotta, Living in a Sacred Cosmos: Indonesia and the Future of Islam http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20734 <p>Bernard T. Adeney-Risakotta, Living in a Sacred Cosmos: Indonesia and the Future of Islam (Southeast Asia Studies, 66; New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018), xvii + 406 pp., ISBN: 9780985042974 (cloth), $39.00, ISBN: 9780985042967, $28.00 (pbk).</p> Fachruddin M. Mangunjaya Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20734 Mon, 08 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Matthew Schneider-Mayerson and Brent Ryan Bellamy (eds.), An Ecotopian Lexicon http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20732 <p>Matthew Schneider-Mayerson and Brent Ryan Bellamy (eds.), An Ecotopian Lexicon (Foreword by Kim Stanley Robinson; Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2019), xvi + 327 pp., $24.95 (pbk), ISBN: 9781517905903.</p> Naomi Jacobs Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20732 Mon, 08 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Patrick Curry, Enchantment: Wonder in Modern Life http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20735 <p>Patrick Curry, Enchantment: Wonder in Modern Life (Edinburgh: Floris Books, 1st edn, 2019), 152 pp., $35 (pbk), ISBN: 9781782506096.</p> Haydn Washington Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20735 Mon, 08 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Brian G. Henning and Zack Walsh, Climate Change Ethics and the Nonhuman World http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20733 <p>Brian G. Henning and Zack Walsh, Climate Change Ethics and the Nonhuman World (New York: Routledge, 2020), 226 pp., $160 (hbk), ISBN: 9780367406103.</p> Mark C.E. Peterson Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20733 Mon, 08 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000 Laura M Hartman (ed.), That All May Flourish: Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20747 <p>Laura M Hartman (ed.), That All May Flourish: Comparative Religious Environmental Ethics (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018), 328 pp., $35.00 (pbk), ISBN: 9780100456030.</p> Whitney A. Bauman Copyright (c) 2021 Equinox Publishing Ltd. http://journal.equinoxpub.com/JSRNC/article/view/20747 Mon, 08 Nov 2021 00:00:00 +0000