Question of the Commons: The Culture and Ecology of Communal Resources / Edition 1

Question of the Commons: The Culture and Ecology of Communal Resources / Edition 1

by Bonnie J. McCay
     
 

This collection of eighteen original essays evaluates the use and misuse of common-property resources, taking as its starting point ecologist Garret Hardin's assertion in "The Tragedy of the Commons" that common property is doomed to overexploitation in any society. This book represents the first cross-cultural test of Hardin's argument and argues that,

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Overview

This collection of eighteen original essays evaluates the use and misuse of common-property resources, taking as its starting point ecologist Garret Hardin's assertion in "The Tragedy of the Commons" that common property is doomed to overexploitation in any society. This book represents the first cross-cultural test of Hardin's argument and argues that, while tragedies of the commons do occur under some circumstances, local institutions have proven resilient and responsive to the problems of communal resource use.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816512058
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Publication date:
07/01/1990
Series:
Arizona Studies in Human Ecology
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
439
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie J. McCay is a professor of anthropology and ecology at Rutgers University.

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