Ecotopias, environmentalism and care as sustainability; contributions from intentional communities, permaculture and lifestyle intentional changing

Leading researcher: Cristiana Vale Pires
Research group: Governance, Policies and Livelihoods
Type of project: Doctoral research
Status: Ongoing
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Main institution: CRIA
Participant institutions: n.a.
Funding: n.a.
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Starting date: 02-10-12

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Abstract

Several individuals are organizing themselves in intentional communities, and are adopting permaculture as a life ethic, as they believe that we are living a holistic crisis. Considering their utopic impulse and the central role of the environment, intentional communities and permaculture can be defined as ecotopias. This ethnographic work is based in the observation of intentional communities and individuals that are changing their identities and are changing their lifestyles in terms of work and livelihoods, consumption habits and environmental care, and their self-organization in intentional communities. The fieldwork was performed in the Tamera ecovillage (Odemira) and in the Soajo Agroecological Project (Minho), two intentional communities that are similar in their visions and their proposals to the future, but different in what concerns their dimension, age, organization, projects, relation with the local communities. Ecotopia is a crucial concept to define the environmental dimension that is emphasized by these utopian movements, namely intentional communities and permaculture. These movements implement cultural construction´s practices and support intentional lifestyle changes able to promote a transition to a more fair, equalitarian and sustainable culture. Care is also a relevant concept to analyse these movements since their practices aim to care of the human being, local communities, ecosystems and next generations.

Researchers from CRIA

IDNamePositionProjTitleProject typeStatus
pub106*Antónia Pedroso de LimaSupervisorproj307*Ecotopias, environmentalism and care as sustainability; contributions from intentional communities, permaculture and lifestyle intentional changingDoctoral researchOngoing
pub153*Paulo RaposoSupervisorproj307*Ecotopias, environmentalism and care as sustainability; contributions from intentional communities, permaculture and lifestyle intentional changingDoctoral researchOngoing
pub485*Cristiana Vale PiresResearcherproj307*Ecotopias, environmentalism and care as sustainability; contributions from intentional communities, permaculture and lifestyle intentional changingDoctoral researchOngoing
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