Honoring the duallium: disability, environmental ethics, and the implicit religion of gardening

Working within the discourses of material feminisms, disability studies, environmental ethics and religious studies, I analyse the letters between friends Carol Graham Chudley and Dorothy Field published in Between Gardens (1999) about gardening, friendship and disability. I translate the experience...

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Published in:Culture and religion
Main Author: Klassen, Chris 1972-
Format: Electronic/Print Article
Language:English
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Published: Taylor & Francis [2015]
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In: Culture and religion
Year: 2015, Volume: 16, Issue: 3, Pages: 243-252
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Disability studies / Environmental ethics / Gardening / Invisible religion
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Summary:Working within the discourses of material feminisms, disability studies, environmental ethics and religious studies, I analyse the letters between friends Carol Graham Chudley and Dorothy Field published in Between Gardens (1999) about gardening, friendship and disability. I translate the experiences of illness and/or disability in the human body, to that of illness and/or damage of the rest of the natural world. My central questions are: What kinds of stories can we tell from peripheral positions of embodiment and connection that recognise the realities of impairment and/or illness and/or brokenness? How can we tell such stories without falling back on a romantic ideal of 'cure' as a future goal that is held in opposition to our experience of the 'poor unfortunate' disabled body/damaged earth, which puts us in a distanced, paternalistic position? What are the spiritual implications of these material narratives with their potential for supplying strategies for environmental ethics?
ISSN:1475-5610
Contains:Enthalten in: Culture and religion
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1080/14755610.2015.1083453