Sacred Civics argues that societal transformation requires that spirituality and sacred values are essential to reimagining patterns of how we live, organize and govern ourselves, determine and distribute wealth, inhabit and design cities, and construct relationships with others and with nature.

The book brings together transdisciplinary and global academics, professionals, and activists from a range of backgrounds to question assumptions that are fused deep into the code of how societies operate, and to draw on extraordinary wisdom from ancient Indigenous traditions; to social and political movements like Black Lives Matter, the commons, and wellbeing economies; to technologies for participatory futures where people collaborate to reimagine and change culture. Looking at cities and human settlements as the sites of transformation, the book focuses on values, commons, and wisdom to demonstrate that how we choose to live together, to recognize interdependencies, to build, grow, create, and love—matters.

Using multiple methodologies to integrate varied knowledge forms and practices, this truly ground-breaking volume includes contributions from renowned and rising voices. Sacred Civics is a must-read for anyone interested in intersectional discussions on social justice, inclusivity, participatory design, healthy communities, and future cities.

The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/e/9781003199816, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

part |41 pages


part I|48 pages


chapter 3|13 pages

Honouring the Sacred in Cities

Indigenous Teachings for City Building
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chapter 5|9 pages

(Un)situated Improvisation

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part II|55 pages


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chapter 8|15 pages

Inhabiting the Edge

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chapter 10|13 pages

Urban Planning Oscillations

Seeking a Tongan Way before and after the 2006 Riots
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part III|43 pages


chapter 11|17 pages

Social Infrastructure for Our Times

Building Participatory Systems that Value the Creativity of Everyone
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chapter 13|13 pages

Feminist, Antiracist Values for Climate Justice

Moving beyond Climate Isolationism
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part IV|52 pages


chapter 14|11 pages

Participatory Futures

Reimagining the City Together
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chapter 15|9 pages

Basque Civics

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chapter 16|13 pages

Commons Economies in Action

Mutualizing Urban Provisioning Systems
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chapter 17|17 pages

Radicle Civics—Unconstituting Society

Building 21st-Century Civic Infrastructures
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