Sarah M. Pike, 'For the Wild: Ritual and Commitment in Radical Eco-Activism'


  • Leslie E. Sponsel University of Hawaii



radical environmentalism, animal rights, ritual


Sarah M. Pike, For the Wild: Ritual and Commitment in Radical Eco-Activism (Oakland: University of California Press, 2017), ix-xi + 293 pp., $34.95 (pbk), ISBN: 9780520294967.

Author Biography

  • Leslie E. Sponsel, University of Hawaii

    Leslie E. Sponsel has taught at seven universities in four countries, two as a Fulbright Fellow. He joined the Anthropology faculty at the University of Hawai’i in 1981 to develop and direct the Ecological Anthropology Program. Although retired as a Professor Emeritus in 2010, he still teaches one course a semester, including on Sacred Places, Spiritual Ecology, and Anthropology of Buddhism. The rest of his time is devoted to research and publications. Sponsel has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and encyclopedia entries as well as four edited books. His recent monograph, Spiritual Ecology: A Quiet Revolution, won the science category of the Green Book Award in San Francisco in 2014. The companion website is:


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How to Cite

Sponsel, L. (2019). Sarah M. Pike, ’For the Wild: Ritual and Commitment in Radical Eco-Activism’. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 13(2), 243-245.