New Agrarianism, P / Edition 1

New Agrarianism, P / Edition 1

by Eric T. Freyfogle
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559639210

ISBN-13: 9781559639217

Pub. Date: 09/28/2001

Publisher: Island Press

<p>The engaging writings gathered in this new book explore an important but little-publicized movement in American culture - the marked resurgence of agrarian practices and values in rural areas, suburbs, and even cities. It is a movement that in widely varied ways is attempting to strengthen society's roots in the land while bringing greater health to families,…  See more details below

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<p>The engaging writings gathered in this new book explore an important but little-publicized movement in American culture - the marked resurgence of agrarian practices and values in rural areas, suburbs, and even cities. It is a movement that in widely varied ways is attempting to strengthen society's roots in the land while bringing greater health to families, neighborhoods, and communities. The New Agrarianism vividly displays the movement's breadth and vigor, with selections by such award-winning writers as Wendell Berry, William Kittredge, Stephanie Mills, David Orr, Scott Russell Sanders, and Donald Worster.<p>As editor Eric Freyfogle observes in his stimulating and original introduction, agrarianism is properly conceived in broad terms, as reaching beyond food production to include a wide constellation of ideals, loyalties, sentiments, and hopes. It is a temperament and a moral orientation, he explains, as well as a suite of diverse economic practices - all based on the insistent truth that people everywhere are part of the land community, as dependent as other life on its fertility and just as shaped by its mysteries and possibilities.<p>The writings included here have been chosen for their engaging narratives as well as their depiction of the New Agrarianism's broad scope. Many of the selections illustrate agrarian practitioners in action - restoring prairies, promoting community forests and farms, reducing resource consumption, reshaping the built environment. Other selections offer pointed critiques of contemporary American culture and its market-driven, resource-depleting competitiveness. Together, they reveal what Freyfogle identifies as the heart and soul of the New Agrarianism: its yearning to regain society's connections to the land and its quest to help craft a more land-based and enduring set of shared values.<p>The New Agrarianism offers a compelling vision of this hopeful new way of living. It is an essential book for social critics, community activists, organic gardeners, conservationists, and all those seeking to forge sustaining ties with the entire community of life.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559639217
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
09/28/2001
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Contents

Title Page,
Copyright Page,
Dedication,
Introduction - A Durable Scale,
PART I - NEW PROSPECTS,
Chapter 1 - Learning from the Prairie,
Chapter 2 - Linking Tables to Farms,
Chapter 3 - Substance Abuse,
Chapter 4 - Prairie University,
Chapter 5 - The Whole Horse,
Chapter 6 - What Comes Around,
Chapter 7 - The Urban-Agrarian Mind,
PART II - THE SIRENS OF CONQUEST,
Chapter 8 - The Decline of the Apple,
Chapter 9 - The Competitive Edge,
Chapter 10 - Owning It All,
Chapter 11 - The Wealth of Nature,
PART III - SHARING LIFE,
Chapter 12 - Great Possessions,
Chapter 13 - Reclaiming the Commons,
Chapter 14 - The Common Life,
Chapter 15 - The Boundary,
Notes,
Acknowledgments,
About the Contributors,
Index,

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