Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture

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Mother Nature has shown her hand. Faced with climate change, dwindling resources, and species extinctions, most Americans understand the fundamental steps necessary to solve our global crises-drive less, consume less, increase self-reliance, buy locally, eat locally, rebuild our local communities.

In essence, the great work we face requires rekindling the home fires.Radical Homemakers is about men and women across the U.S. who focus on home and hearth as a political and ...

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Overview

Mother Nature has shown her hand. Faced with climate change, dwindling resources, and species extinctions, most Americans understand the fundamental steps necessary to solve our global crises-drive less, consume less, increase self-reliance, buy locally, eat locally, rebuild our local communities.

In essence, the great work we face requires rekindling the home fires.Radical Homemakers is about men and women across the U.S. who focus on home and hearth as a political and ecological act, and who have centered their lives around family and community for personal fulfillment and cultural change. It explores what domesticity looks like in an era that has benefited from feminism, where domination and oppression are cast aside and where the choice to stay home is no longer equated with mind-numbing drudgery, economic insecurity, or relentless servitude.

Radical Homemakers nationwide speak about empowerment, transformation, happiness, and casting aside the pressures of a consumer culture to live in a world where money loses its power to relationships, independent thought, and creativity. If you ever considered quitting a job to plant tomatoes, read to a child, pursue creative work, can green beans and heal the planet, this is your book.

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"The world is moving towards a tougher period, when the relative ease and luxury we've known will be tested. But that test can deepen our family and community lives, as Shannon Hayes shows, providing more of us-of both genders-become homemakers."--Bill McKibben, author of Earth: Making a Life on a Tough New Planet and Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future

"Imagine women with masters degrees and PhDs who choose home over career advancement. Imagine wives (and husbands) who reject the false promise of endless paid labor to tend gardens and children and friendships. In a time when Wall Street MBAs-producing nothing of value but rewarded with million-dollar bonuses and blinded by greed-have driven our country to bankruptcy and despair, Shannon Hayes' stories of women and men who choose simplicity, authenticity and community inspire hope. Outside the boxes of both conservatives and liberals, this book is radical thinking at its best. Read it and think."--John de Graaf, coauthor of Affluenza and director of Take Back Your Time

"Brilliant, visionary, and practical. This is a mind-bending book that will forever change your view of human possibility and compel you to rethink your life. My highest recommendation."--David Korten, author of Agenda for a New Economy and The Great Turning, and board chair of YES! magazine

"Shannon Hayes retrieves the word "homemaker" from being a sort of quaint, yellowing doily laid in the sideboard, along with frugality and simplicity, and shows how radical, indeed, it is to take responsibility for the health of your family, community and world by raising wonderful food, wonderful kids and a wonderful ruckus in the face of injustice or greed. She and her husband had the courage to 'do the math' and see that a double-income life was not worth living (and was barely worth the money). They also had, as most radical homemakers do, the canny ability to question the standard assumptions about the good life . . . they could develop the skills, patience, and community connections of homemaking while keeping their minds sharp and their lives relevant. At a time when many of the pillars of our security are wobbly-the economy, oil and water and mineral supplies, climate predictability-I predict that Radical Homemakers will become a bible for those seeking to make their lives more manageable, safe, and deeply fulfilling."--Vicki Robin, coauthor of Your Money or Your Life and host of yourmoneyoryourlife.info

"The real 4-Hour Workweek. Reclaim and upgrade your life with this urgently needed work from the integrity-driven soul of Shannon Hayes. No lives of quiet desperation here: rejecting outmoded, inauthentic and toxic societal practices, Shannon and her peers do nothing less than redesign the work-life-success paradigm. Breathtaking, scholarly, passionate and inspiring."--Holly Hickman, Radical Homemaker, former Fox News Radio reporter and creator of SustainableSuppers.com

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780979439117
  • Publisher: Left to Write Press
  • Publication date: 3/11/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 523,834
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Shannon Hayes works with her family raising grassfed meat on Sap Bush Hollow Farm in upstate New York. She is the author of Long Way on a Little, The Grassfed Gourmet, The Farmer and the Grill and the controversial best-seller, Radical Homemakers. Hayes holds a Ph.D. in sustainable agriculture and community development from Cornell University, blogs for Yes! Magazine, hosts GrassfedCooking.com, and writes about her daily life farming, homeschooling her kids and cooking great food at ShannonHayes.info.

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Table of Contents

1. Tomato-canning feminists
2. Radical homemaking : politics, ecology and domestic arts
3. A woman's place
4. Home economics
5. From self-reliance to commodification
6. Home wreckers
7. The radical homemakers
8. Housekeeping
9. Reclaiming domestic skills
10. Toward a homegrown culture

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2010

    Motivating

    Radical Homemakers is very motivating and reminds about the negative impact of our consumer driven culture in America. I was aware of many of the cultural trends and their impact. I like the way the author links
    it back to our loss of the art of homemaking and promotes this as a cure for many of the ecological problems. It provides the reader with some practical solutions for ways they can become involved in helping the saving the planet for everyone. It pushes us to value homemaking in modern society as a means to develop a society that functions better for producing healthier , happier, individuals and a heathier, happier, society and a whole. This fits right into my individual philosophy that we must take care of our home health,wealth and security as much as possible.

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  • Posted May 10, 2010

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    Inspiring !!!!

    I came across an article about Radical Homemakers in a Hobby Farm Home magazine. I could hardly wait to get the book. I read it everyday until I was finished. What an encouragement to hear the different stories and life changing experiences.Just in a month I have put in my first garden in a 4x4 area and in cement blocks along my house wall. Just yesterday (after six weeks)I picked three different kinds of lettuce for a salad (these were planted from seeds)along green peppers, basil, oregano,and parsley (planted from small starter plants to put in a sauce.I am truly amazed that it could be so simple and so quick to get results. I thank Shannon Hayes for sharing her incite for bringing another dimension to the importance of homemaking and how we are all capable of making better choices for our family as well a community. The fine art of community needs a come back and this book give great ideas to help you get started with making that happen. one step at a time.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

    Based on a the cover, I was expecting a very engaged pamphlet. I

    Based on a the cover, I was expecting a very engaged pamphlet. In a sense it is engaged, but with reason. It gets you through the why and the how. I don't think it would convince someone who is not already open minded on the subject, but it makes you realize you are not on your own. It sounds at time rural centric, but it's because the author speaks from experience. The book is about happiness, and that's what matters.

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  • Posted May 8, 2012

    Not quite what I expected but still well-written.

    I was hoping for more 1st person stories and examples about how people are managing w/what society considers radical homemaking (or what I like to refer as "my life"). Unfortunately, the book focused heavily upon empirical data rather than individuals. I spent a lot of time nodding and going "YUP" but then again she was preaching to the choir. It would make a great book to give to someone who doesn't understand why you living your life as a urban homesteader, why you aren't using that college degree in the way your parents had imagined, or why consumerism is not the focus of your lifestyle. It should help clarify any misperceptions they have and validate your own feelings. Just don't plan on learning much of anything from the author.

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    Posted May 28, 2010

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