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Recovering the Commons: Democracy, Place, and Global Justice Hardcover – February 17, 2010

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (February 17, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252034953
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252034954
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,496,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This very welcome and timely effort lays foundations for thinking our way out of the epistemological errors and related politics that have plunged us into the present ecological crisis. Recovering the Commons represents an intellectual model that is desperately needed."--Mary Hufford, author of Waging Democracy in the Kingdom of Coal: OVEC and the Struggle for Social and Environmental Justice in Central Appalachia

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Providing new practical and conceptual tools for responding to human and environmental crises in Appalachia and beyond, Recovering the Commons radically revises the framework of critical social thought regarding our stewardship of the civic and ecological commons. Herbert Reid and Betsy Taylor ally social theory, field sciences, and local knowledge in search of healthy connections among body, place, and commons that form a basis for solidarity as well as a vital infrastructure for a reliable, durable world. Drawing particularly on the work of French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty, Reid and Taylor reconfigure social theory by ridding it of the aspects that reduce place and community to sets of interchangeable components. Instead, they reconcile complementary pairs such as mind/body and society/nature in the reclamation of public space.

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bridget on November 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is a treasure trove of insights, challening critical political theorists to integrate an ecological perspective in their work. Its concepts are clearly mapped out in the theme of the somewhat trippy "life round" which will give readers a fresh way to situate where exactly humans and non-human nature are situated in relation to capitalism and the state. Its focus on the processes of production and reproduction is theoretically and empirically grounded yet pathbreaking.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rory P Turner on September 22, 2010
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The brilliant core ideas and exceptional eloquence of this text make it an important contribution to a theory of social justice, ecology, and culture.
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