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Eco-Spirituality in Environmental Action: Studying Dark Green Religion in the German Energy Transition

Koehrsen, Jens. (2018) Eco-Spirituality in Environmental Action: Studying Dark Green Religion in the German Energy Transition. Journal for the Study of Religion, Nature and Culture, 12 (1). pp. 34-54.

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Abstract

There is a rising debate about the religious dimensions of environmentalism. A prominent approach to this phenomenon is Bron Taylor's Dark Green Religion. Taylor proposes that Dark Green Religion is a globally growing phenomenon which involves 'para-religious' perceptions and feelings towards nature. Followers of Dark Green Religion would experience feelings of connectedness to nature, consider it to be sacred and worthy of reverent care, and reject anthropocentrism. I discuss Taylor's argument in the light of a study on an urban energy transition process in Northern Germany. Interviewing actors strongly participating in this process, I find some evidence for features of Dark Green Religion while also revealing their ongoing anthropocentric orientations. The findings suggest a need for more in-depth studies to improve our understanding of eco-religious worldviews among environmentally engaged actors and their impact on sustainability transitions.
Faculties and Departments:01 Faculty of Theology > Zentrum für Religion, Wirtschaft und Politik
01 Faculty of Theology > Zentrum für Religion, Wirtschaft und Politik > Religion und Wirtschaft (Köhrsen)
UniBasel Contributors:Köhrsen, Jens
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:equinox
ISSN:1749-4907
e-ISSN:1749-4915
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:17 Jan 2019 16:47
Deposited On:04 Dec 2018 13:27

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