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27-31 August 2019
Poznań, Poland
Europe/Warsaw timezone
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Contribution Paper

Poznań, Poland - Morasko Kampus, room: 3.129

"Earth care, people care and fare share" in Sardinia


  • Dr. Maria Giovanna CASSA

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This paper presents some reflections on a network of people living in Sardinia (some native and some from continental Italy) composed of families, single men and women who are all related to (as associates, as supporters, or simply friends of…) the Sardinia Permaculture Association (SarPA). Their experiences and life-choices will be analyzed ethnographically as a community of practice which incorporates specific self-representations at the intersection of a range of dichotomies: human/natural environment; global/local; economic growth/degrowth, speed/slowness; individualism/community; separation/inclusion and finally indifference/solidarity. This network is rooted specifically in the permaculture tree ethic of “earth care, people care and fare share”, in the enhancement of the island history and culture in terms of traditional heritage, regarding both knowledge and ""culture of relations""(solidarity and support described as typical to the island). The activities of the network encourage people in the island and also the offspring of former emigrants to return to take care of the land of their ancestors. The specificity of SarPa often emerges in discursive construction of “insularity” as a positive value in contrast to “continentalness”. The insular specificity of SarPa, it is claimed, promotes a captivating model of relations between the human and the non-human, advocating more ethical and just attitudes towards both. This model creates an attractive factor for continental Italians (as a specific kind of lifestyle migrants) who decide to reverse the more usual migratory flow (from the island to the continent).