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Is Sacred Nature Gendered or Queer? Insights from a Study on Eco-Spiritual Activism in Switzerland

Institute for Social Sciences of Religions, University of Lausanne, 1015 Lausanne, Switzerland
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Religions 2022, 13(1), 23; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13010023
Received: 11 July 2021 / Revised: 22 November 2021 / Accepted: 26 November 2021 / Published: 28 December 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Gender, Nature and Religious Re-enchantment in the Anthropocene)
Among eco-spiritual activists in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, gendered notions such as “Mother Earth” or gendered “nature spirits” are ubiquitous. Drawing on an in-depth ethnographic study of this milieu (2015–2020), this article presents some of the ways in which these activists articulate gender issues with reference to nature. The authors discuss the centrality of the notion of the self and ask what outputs emerge from linking environmental with spiritual action. We demonstrate that activists in three milieus—the New Age and holistic milieu, the transition network, and neo-shamanism—handle this link differently and thereby give birth to a variety of emic perspectives upon the nature/culture divide, as well as upon gender—ranging from essentialist and organicist views to queer approaches. The authors also present more recent observations on the increasing visibility of women and feminists as key public speakers. They conclude with the importance of contextualizing imaginaries that circulate as universalistic and planetary and of relating them to individuals’ gendered selves and their social, political, and economic capital. View Full-Text
Keywords: eco-spirituality; holistic practices; New Age; eco-psychology; neo-shamanism; Switzerland; ecofeminism eco-spirituality; holistic practices; New Age; eco-psychology; neo-shamanism; Switzerland; ecofeminism
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Becci, I.; Grandjean, A. Is Sacred Nature Gendered or Queer? Insights from a Study on Eco-Spiritual Activism in Switzerland. Religions 2022, 13, 23. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13010023

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Becci I, Grandjean A. Is Sacred Nature Gendered or Queer? Insights from a Study on Eco-Spiritual Activism in Switzerland. Religions. 2022; 13(1):23. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13010023

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Becci, Irene, and Alexandre Grandjean. 2022. "Is Sacred Nature Gendered or Queer? Insights from a Study on Eco-Spiritual Activism in Switzerland" Religions 13, no. 1: 23. https://doi.org/10.3390/rel13010023

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