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At Home in Nature – Modern Homesteading and Spiritual Practice in America Hardcover – 25 Oct 2005


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  • Hardcover: 360 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (25 October 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520241401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520241404
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.5 x 22.9 cm
  • Boxed-product Weight: 567 g
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"This elegantly written, superior work uniquely illuminates homesteading's religious and ethical dimensions.

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"Gould's attention to the ironies and ambivalences that abound in the practice of homesteading provides fresh and insightful perspective."—Beth Blissman, Oberlin College

"This luminously written ethnography of the worlds that homesteaders make significantly broadens our understanding of modern American religion. In richly textured descriptions of the everyday lives and work of the homesteaders with whom she lived, Gould helps us understand how the tasks of clearing land, making bread, and building a garden wall were ways of taking on the most urgent issues of meaning and ethics."—Robert A. Orsi, Harvard University

"This is a fascinating, authoritative, and accessible look at one of America's most important subcultures. If you ever get around to building that cabin in the woods, or especially if you don't, you'll want this volume on the bookshelf."—Bill McKibben, author of Wandering Home: A Long Walk Across America's Most Hopeful Landscape

"Rebecca Gould's compelling book on American homesteading brings the study of the religion-nature connection in the U.S. to a new place."—Catherine L. Albanese, author of Nature Religion in America: From the Algonkian Indians to the New Age

"Gould provides brand new data and sheds new interpretive light on familiar figures and movements. At Home in Nature is a model of how to seamlessly blend ethnography and history."—Bron Taylor, University of Florida, editor of the Encyclopedia of Religion and Nature

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