Rooted in the Land: Essays on Community and Place / Edition 1

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This book is a collection of new and previously published essays that take as their central theme the importance of 'placed' human beings, but each of us is enriched to the extent that we can belong to, and participate in, a well-ordered human community integrated into the natural landscape of a particular place.
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This collection of 34 essays by philosophers, theologians, farmers, political scientists, economists, and academicians examines the role of the community and sense of place in our lives. Part 1, "Rediscovering the Landscape," examines the forces that influence our mobility and cause us to drift away from our roots. Part 2, "Community Foundations," attempts to define and describe communities and the boundaries and social forces that help maintain them. Part 3, "Becoming Native," challenges us to build communities, establish roots, and make our communities attractive and livable. These tantalizing and provocative essays will change readers' perspectives about the importance of community. The authors believe that the sense of participation one derives from "a place" is good for society, for the economy, and for each individual. They make no apologies for their disdain for the widespread mobility and lack of rootedness in today's world. Highly recommended for social science and environmental collections.Irwin Weintraub, Rutgers Univ. Lib., New Brunswick, N.J.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300069617
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 302
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Table of Contents

Rediscovering the Landscape 1
Leave If You Can 11
The Rootless Professors 15
Pseudocommunities 20
From Monoculture to Polyculture 25
An Amish Perspective 35
The Common Life 40
Living with the Land 50
Defending Small Farms, Small Towns, and Good Work 60
Addicted to Work 66
Conserving Communities 76
Does Community Have a Value? - A Reply 85
Matfield Green 95
Dwelling: Making Peace with Space and Place 104
Coming In to the Foodshed 113
"Placed" between Promise and Command 124
Other Selves 132
Aldo Leopold as Hunter and Communitarian 140
Aldo Leopold and the Values of the Native 150
Biological Explanations and Environmental Expectations 161
Barn Raising 167
Community and the Virtue of Necessity 176
Defining Normative Community 185
In Search of Community 195
Redeeming the Land 207
Creating Social Capital 217
Re-Ruralizing Education 226
A Public Philosophy for Civic Culture 235
Land: Challenge and Opportunity 244
Community-Supported Agriculture: Rediscovering Community 253
Community Farming in Massachusetts 261
Works Cited 273
List of Contributors 281
Index 283
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