ecologies of

participation

Author, Zayin Cabot, Ph.D.

book

Its multiple claims are all quite impossible—impossible, that is, within our present Western and colonized ways of speaking, thinking, and being. 

It is as timely as it is essential for our unprecedentedly planetary times.

A joyful, verve-driven contribution to the conversation about the role of ontological difference

Ecologies of Participation: Agents, Shamans, Mystics, and Diviners is impossible to capture in some neat, established sound bit, mostly because its multiple claims are all quite impossible—impossible, that is, within our present Western and colonized ways of speaking, thinking, and being. If we can imagine ourselves outside or after that framework, we might say that the book, like its author, is a shaman, a diviner, and a traveler among worlds, including future worlds. The vision of the human (and nonhuman) that emerges through these words and worlds is unabashedly global, comparative, moral, and magical. Here is a weird and wonderful book in which everything is alive and event the stones tell stories. Really.
Jeffrey J. Kripal, Rice University
This is a revolutionary book that combines the sensibilities of a scholar and a shaman. It boldly challenges us to entertain multiple ontologically thick worlds in creative and eco-sensitive ways. Ecologies of Participation demonstrates the fruitfulness of genuinely transdisciplinary, decolonial thinking in casting new light on an impressive array of philosophical and cross-cultural dilemmas. It is as timely as it is essential for our unprecedentedly planetary times.
Jorge N. Ferrer, California Institute of Integral Studies
A joyful, verve-driven contribution to the conversation about the role of ontological difference in getting a handle on what used to be called cultural diversity. Impressive in its scope and ambition, this book takes the whole debate about ontology in the humanities and social sciences to places it has never been before.
Martin Holbraad, University College London
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