This page gives links to all books by Alastair
McIntosh that are
in print, the most recent listed first. Click on either the cover or on
"more..." for full details, reviews, extracts and purchasing options.
||Radical Human Ecology: Intercultural and Indigenous Approaches
2012), edited by Lewis Williams, Rose Roberts and Alastair McIntosh.
for PDF of my 2 chapters, these being: The Challenge of Radical Human Ecology to the Academy
and The Teaching of Radical Human Ecology in the Academy. In April 2008 while speaking to public health authorities and First
Nations peoples at the University of Saskatchewan I was approached by
Ashgate to edit this human ecology research reader. Knowing the work
involved, I said I could not be lead editor, but my Canadian
hosts, Lewis assisted by Rose, took it on and together we pulled it off.
We're sorry it's such a
costly academic book, but please ask your library to purchase a copy.
by Richard J. Borden, Rachel Carson Chair in Human Ecology, College of
the Atlantic and Society for Human Ecology: 'Below
clamor of a bustling world, this volume imparts the seeds of a radical
alternative for human ecology. They lie beneath the surface: amid the
whispered voices at the margin, in the praxis of traditional
spirituality, along the dusty road of post-modernism, and from the ivy
halls of science. This is not the human ecology of a prehistoric
fireside or an academic symposium. It is an unconventional and timely
pedagogy of hope.'
||Rekindling Community: Connecting People, Environment and
Spirituality (Green Books, 2008). This book is No. 15 in the
Schumacher Briefing series of the Schumacher Society. My own narrative is
supplemented with boxed
contributions from a dozen of my colleagues and former students whose
research at the Centre for Human Ecology was sponsored by WWF
International. Our passion was to explore underlying dynamics of rural and urban community regeneration. This
illustrated book makes the case that the community we must seek to
reconstitute is more than merely
society. It is a three-way relationship - with one another, with nature, and with the spiritual ground of
||Hell and High Water: Climate Change,
Hope and the Human Condition (Birlinn, 2008). Selected by Radio
4's Open Book as one of the 2 best books on climate change, this is in
many ways the sequel to Soil and Soul. But while
Soil and Soul dealt with themes that became very good news,
the scenario for tackling climate change looks much darker.
Part 1 of the book tackles the science and politics of global warming,
summarising what is known and exploring the controversies. But the most distinctive
contribution comes in Part 2. Here I take the reader on a journey of
deepening magical realism. I attempt to unpack the cultural history,
psychology and spirituality that underlies climate change and in so
doing I seek to shed insight on the human condition. By exploring the
deep causes, deep solutions tentatively emerge - these being put forward
in the 12-step programme that makes up the final chapter. I found
Hell and High Water a terribly difficult book to write. It
left me at a loss to find cause for outward optimism. And yet, a strange
inner joy emerged in the writing. I ended up deepening my sense of hope
for humankind. I'm thrilled that some reviewers seem to have experienced
similarly. More ...
||Love and Revolution: Collected
Poetry (Luath Press, 2006). This is my collected poetry. It expresses the inner
fire of what has directed and sustained
my work. More ...
Chronique d'une Alliance: Peuples autochtones et société civile face à
la mondialisation (Editions Yves Michel, 2005). This is Soil and Soul in
slightly abridged French translation. The English title didn't
translate well into French, and the chosen title focuses on the
"alliance" between French and Scottish campaigners that contributed to
the the book's main storylines. The subtitle is maybe more explicit as
to content: "Indigenous peoples and civil
society in the face of globalisation."
More ... And for more of my work that's in foreign translation, click
Soul: People versus Corporate Power (Aurum Press, 2001, 2004). I
think that I will always consider this book to be my masterpiece. On the
surface, it tells such stories as growing up in Lewis, land reform on
Eigg and the campaign that stopped the Harris superquarry. But the real
message of the book, and the reason why it has sold into 5 figures, is
much deeper and wider. I use the factual campaign stories as a carrier
to express the deeper story of
our times - the struggle of the human spirit to shine, the imperative of making community,
the recovery of a credible spirituality. It's an entirely factual book and yet
much of its poetic impact derives from real-life magical realism. I've tried to touch
the deepest hopes and possibilities within us all. I love this book. It took me
out of myself, into my culture, and far beyond both. More ...
Healing Nationhood: Essays on Spirituality, Place and Community
(Curlew Productions, 2000). This pulls together work that I undertook on
identity, belonging and place as part of a three year programme,
Action for Transformation, that was funded by the Joseph Rowntree
Charitable Trust. The main essay comprising the bulk of the book is "Land, Power and
National Identity", commissioned by the Economics Department of the
Russian Academy of Sciences and theologians at the Holy Trinity Sergiev
Monastery near Moscow. I was invited by them to speak about the
spirituality of land reform and its possible relevance to Russia in
I had only 2 weeks in which to write the Russian piece, and it has since
found more refined expression in Soil and Soul, though the
opening pages on bardic politics are still worth reading. As the book
will soon be out of print, I have now listed the entire contents online.
My Articles etc.
Nearly all of my published articles, academic and otherwise, are online.
Click as appropriate for the Chronological
index of articles, for the Classified index
of articles, for Letters to the press and
for BBC Radio Scotland
Thought for the Day.
Occasionally I post to my website other people's work that I consider
very important but which is otherwise hard to access. These
articles/images are intended mainly for my students and are listed at
Out of Print Books
|Sometimes websites such as Amazon list as "books" publications of mine that were
actually pamphlets or occasional papers. Where this is the case, a
web version will be found in the publications section of my website (see
below). Two that are books out of print (both co-authored) are,
A Basic PR Guide for Charities (Directory of Social Change, 1985)
Marketing: a Handbook for Charities (Directory of Social Change,
1984). These can still be obtained second
hand from internet sites. Also, Amazon (as linked here) has them scanned for "look
inside" access, so a few pages at a time can be read in that way.
Note that some parts are
out of date, on some issues I have since modified my views (given
that charity managerialism and fundraising techniques have
sometimes gone beyond efficiency and into the realm of manipulation),
but otherwise, much that is in them remains relevant. These books are
also of some historical interest since
they were, as far as we were aware, the first such books on marketing and PR for
NGOs in the UK.
1 Dec 08