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The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice$
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Michael Maniates and John M. Meyer

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262014366

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262014366.001.0001

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Ordinary and Extraordinary Sacrifices

Ordinary and Extraordinary Sacrifices

Religion, Everyday Life, and Environmental Practice

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(p.91) 5 Ordinary and Extraordinary Sacrifices
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The Environmental Politics of Sacrifice
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Anna Peterson

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262014366.003.0042

This chapter draws attention to sacrifice in everyday life through its logic and varieties. It further focuses on the religious sacrifices that demarcate extraordinary from everyday sacrifices and the sacrifices that people accept versus those they are conditioned to make as a responsibility. Religions accept and expect sacrifices; there are numerous examples that illustrate everyday and extraordinary sacrifices in secular experience as well as in domestic life. Human sacrifice, or killing, is one of the dramatic forms of religious sacrifices that draw attention to extraordinary practices. The author discusses the importance of environmental sacrifices that need social networks and support. Political leadership is also considered a decisive factor in people’s willingness to sacrifice for the common good.

Keywords:   political leadership, religious sacrifices, social networks, human sacrifice, environmental sacrifices

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