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" WITH A FOREWORD BY BARBARA KINGSOLVER A compelling worldview with advocates from around the globe, agrarianism challenges the shortcomings of our industrial and technological economy. Not simply focused on farming, the agrarian outlook encourages us to develop practices and policies that promote the health of land, community, and culture. Agrarianism reminds us that no matter how urban we become, our survival will always be inextricably linked to the precious resources of soil, water, and air. Combining fresh insights from the disciplines of education, law, history, urban and regional planning, economics, philosophy, religion, ecology, politics, and agriculture, these original essays develop a sophisticated critique of our culture’s current relationship to the land, while offering practical alternatives. Leading agrarians, including Wendell Berry, Vandana Shiva, Wes Jackson, Gene Logsdon, Brian Donahue, Eric Freyfogle, and David Orr, explain how our goals should be redirected toward genuinely sustainable communities. These writers call us to an honest accounting and correction of our often destructive ways. They suggest how our society can take practical steps toward integrating soils, watersheds, forests, wildlife, urban areas, and human populations into one great system—a responsible flourishing of our world and culture.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Copyright, Dedication
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-viii
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  1. Foreword
  2. pp. ix-xvii
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  1. Introduction: Why Agrarianism Matters—Even to Urbanites
  2. pp. 1-20
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  1. Part 1. AGRARIAN PRINCIPLES AND PRIORITIES
  2. p. 21
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  1. 1. THE AGRARIAN STANDARD
  2. pp. 23-33
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  1. 2. THE RESETTLING OF AMERICA
  2. pp. 34-51
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  1. 3. THE MIND-SET OF AGRARIANISM. . . NEW AND OLD
  2. pp. 52-61
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  1. 4. SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Definitions, Principles, Policies
  2. pp. 62-79
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  1. 5. PLACING THE SOUL: An Agrarian Philosophical Principle
  2. pp. 80-97
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  1. Part 2. Assessing Our Situation
  2. p. 99
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  1. 6. The Current State of Agriculture: Does It Have a Future?
  2. pp. 101-120
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  1. 7. GLOBALIZATION AND THE WAR AGAINST FARMERS AND THE LAND
  2. pp. 121-139
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  1. 8. THE AGRARIAN MIND: Mere Nostalgia or a Practical Necessity?
  2. pp. 140-153
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  1. 9. ALL FLESH IS GRASS: A Hopeful Look at the Future of Agrarianism
  2. pp. 154-170
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  1. 10. THE USES OF PROPHECY
  2. pp. 171-187
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  1. Part 3. PUTTING AGRARIANISM TO WORK
  2. p. 189
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  1. 11. COUNTRY AND CITY: The Common Vision of Agrarians and New Urbanists
  2. pp. 191-211
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  1. 12. NEW AGRARIANS: Local Innovators
  2. pp. 212-221
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  1. 13. THE LEGAL AND LEGISLATIVE FRONT: The Fight Against Industrial Agriculture
  2. pp. 222-236
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  1. 14. PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS IN LAND: An Agrarian View
  2. pp. 237-258
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  1. 15. GOING TO WORK
  2. pp. 259-266
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  1. Further Reading
  2. pp. 267-269
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  1. Contributors
  2. pp. 271-272
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 273-276
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780813130187
Related ISBN
9780813122854
MARC Record
OCLC
753969002
Pages
296
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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