Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation

For the Wild: Ritual and Commitment in Radical Eco-Activism

Sarah M. Pike


Drawing on analyses of activist art, music, and writings, as well as interviews and participant-observation in activist communities and at protests, For the Wild explores the ways in which radical environmental and animal rights activists’ commitments develop through powerful experiences with the other-than-human world during childhood and young adulthood. The book addresses the question of how and why activists come to value nonhuman animals and the natural world as worthy of protection. For the Wild is about two kinds of ritual: conversion as a rite of passage or initiation into activism and ... More

Keywords: Environmentalism, ritual, activism, animal rights, protests, spirituality, youth, childhood, radical

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780520294950
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520294950.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sarah M. Pike, author
California State University, Chico