Ecologies of Participation

Agents, Shamans, Mystics, and Diviners

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Zayin Cabot
Postcolonial and Decolonial Studies in Religion and Theology
  • New York, NY: 
    Lexington Books
    , April
     352 pages.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Adam Loch forthcoming.


In this daring debut, Zayin Cabot challenges the wise homebodies of academia. A profoundly interdisciplinary approach to comparative scholarship, Ecologies of Participation offers a methodology whereby we can face our shared planetary predicament. It is grounded in process philosophy, and asserts the importance of a new ontology of agency. It traces the importance of Lévy-Bruhl and Lévi-Strauss’s early work, while offering new insight into the ontological turn in anthropology. This book sets out to destabilize modern reductionist trends toward scientific materialism, without falling into postmodern cultural constructivism. It does not assume the givenness of nature or culture. By advancing a multi-ontology approach, this work offers robust interventions into decolonial and critical studies. Cabot takes contemporary scholarship in new and exciting directions—offering an unstable ground from which to examine our shared worlds, both human and other. Throughout the last chapters of the book, these threads are illuminated through a detailed ethics of comparison and participation.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Zayin Cabot is lecturer of philosophy and religion at California State University, East Bay.


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