Thoreau's religion : Walden Woods, social justice, and the politics of asceticism

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Balthrop-Lewis, Alda. (2021). Thoreau's religion : Walden Woods, social justice, and the politics of asceticism Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108891608
AuthorsBalthrop-Lewis, Alda
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Thoreau's Religion presents an interpretation of Henry David Thoreau's book, Walden. Rather than treating Walden Woods as a lonely wilderness, Balthrop-Lewis demonstrates that Thoreau's ascetic life was a form of religious practice dedicated to cultivating a just, multispecies community. In Balthrop-Lewis's vision, practices of renunciation like Thoreau's can contribute to the reformation of social and political life. In this, the book transforms Thoreau's image, making him a vital source for a world beset by inequality and climate change. Balthrop-Lewis argues for an environmental politics in which ecological flourishing is impossible without economic and social justice.

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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108891608
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