Sustainable Lifestyles and the Quest for Plenitude: Case Studies of the New Economy

Sustainable Lifestyles and the Quest for Plenitude: Case Studies of the New Economy

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Sustainable Lifestyles and the Quest for Plenitude: Case Studies of the New Economy

How small, innovative grassroots groups are discovering a new kind of economy and a richer quality of life

Many of today’s most troubling environmental and economic issues have come to seem insoluble: carbon emissions, overshoot, inequality, joblessness, and a dysfunctional food system. Can we change direction, move away from business as usual, and achieve a more sustainable, empowering, and humane economy? Through a fascinating array of illuminating case studies, this hope-filled book affirms that we can.
In locations across the United States and around the globe, local participants are forging their own versions of small-scale, low-footprint, high-satisfaction lifestyles and communities. From raw-milk consumers and members of alternative agricultural initiatives to time bankers, artisan producers in the Aude region of France, and bicycle mechanics on the South Side of Chicago, individuals and small groups are exploring the practice of plenitude. Their efforts demonstrate how social and economic transformation happens and suggest new paths toward larger-scale change and a richer quality of life for all.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300192322
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 07/31/2014
Pages: 280
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction: Practicing Plenitude Juliet B. Schor Craig J. Thompson 1

1 Artisanal Production, Communal Provisioning, and Anticapitalist Politics in the Aude, France Tetesa Gowan Rachel Slocum 27

2 Tire Social Forms of Local Self-Reliance: Complexities of Community in the Alaskan Transition Movement Karen Hebett 63

3 New Cultures of Connection in a Boston Time Bank Emilie A. Dubois Juliet B. Schor Lindsey B. Carfagna 95

4 How Community-Supported Agriculture Facilitates Reembedding and Retertitorializing Practices of Sustainable Consumption Craig J. Thompson Melea Press 125

5 Raw Milk Underground: Status and Self-Sufficiency in Agro-Food Networks in the United States and Lithuania Diana Mincyte 148

6 Sustainable Pleasure and Pleasurable Sustainability at Chicago's Experimental Station Robert Wengronowitz 176

7 Why the Sustainable Economy Movement Hasn't Scaled: Toward a Strategy That Empowers Main Street Douglas B. Holt 202

8 Cooperative Networks, Participatory Markets, and Rhizoraatic Resistance: Situating Plenitude within Contemporary Political Economy Debates Craig J. Thompson Juliet B. Schor 233

List of Contributors 251

Index 255

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