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94 p., [8] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 21 cm.
  • Tracing the origins of ecovillages: ecological, socio-economic and cultural-spiritual Successes and challenges of the ecovillage movement Ecovillages on the new frontiers of sustainability Resources.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781903998779 20160528
In the last twenty years ecovillages - local communities which aim to minimise their ecological impact but maximise human wellbeing and happiness - have been springing up all over the world. They incorporate a wealth of radical ideas and approaches which can be traced back to Schumacher, Gandhi, the 1960s, and the alternative education movement. This briefing describes the history and potential of the ecovillage movement, including the evolution of the Global Ecovillage Network and the current developments in both North and South. The threads that are brought together in "Ecovillages" include: learning from the best elements in traditional and indigenous cultures; Alternative economy: community banks and currencies, and voluntary simplicity; Designing with nature: using permaculture design, eco-building, small-scale energy generation, waste-management, low-impact transport systems, etc.; organic, locally-based food production and processing; reviving small-scale participatory governance, conflict facilitation and social inclusion as well as reviving active inter-generational community; and creating a culture of peace, and holistic, whole person education. In an age of diminishing oil supplies, the briefing examines the lessons that we can learn from ecovillages to show us how to live in a more ecologically sound and sustainable way.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781903998779 20160528
Green Library
vii, 142 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Hoover Library
233 p. : col. ill. ; 23 cm.
The Egyptian desert can be a hostile place. Yet in 1977, Dr Ibrahim Abouleish founded a new agricultural and social settlement on seventy hectares of desert land in Belbes, 60 km north east of Cairo. The Sekem initiative was born. Dr Abouleish's goals were to build a new type of community. His vision was for a farm which grew biodynamic crops and plants out of the harsh desert sand. Where the workers and residents were given holistic primary health care. Where their children were well-educated in the sciences. A place which could sell its wares and be self-sufficient and self-sustaining. A place where Islamic religion and Western technology could come together in harmony. Nearly thirty years later and Sekem has gone from strength to strength. In 1981 it shipped its first medicinal herbs to the USA; by 2004, it oversaw a network of over 800 farms across Egypt and the Sudan, producing high quality organic crops, herbs, fruits and vegetables. Its mobile health units work with local rural populations and it has brought about real social change. This is the story of Sekem - the original vision, the challenges and hard work, and the eventual successes - in Ibrahim Abouleish's own words. It is stunningly illustrated with colour photographs throughout.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780863155321 20160527
Green Library
xiv, 242 p. ; 23 cm.
  • Introduction 1. The Two Social Philosophers 2. Market Virtues -- and Limitations 3. Reason, Rules, Spontaneity 4. The Clash of Spontaneous Processes 5. Dialectics and a New Paradigm 6. Built in Marx's Name 7. Social Justice 8. Morality 9. Human Nature 10. Law and the Rule of Law 11. Freedom, Coercion, Property 12. Politics, Democracy 13. Marx and Methodology 14. Hayek and Methodology 15. The Primacy of Values.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415464888 20160527
The aim of the book is to stimulate the realignment of political, theoretical and philosophical thinking that is now beginning in response to global warming. The author provides an examination of the theories of the most prominent social philosophers of the 19th and 20th centuries - Karl Marx and Friedrich Hayek. He does so in the belief that the work of these two thinkers, in their commonalities and differences, successes and failures, contain important indicators of the content of a social philosophy suited to today's conditions.The book proceeds in the context of the failure of the attempts by followers of Marx, having achieved political power, to realise the objectives they took to issue from his theories, on the one hand, and of the earlier successes, but now emerging failures of the neo-liberal philosophy of Hayek to cope with the with the environmental outcomes of those very successes, on the other. In doing so, the book will incidentally critique postmodernism, because of its claim to be 'Theory' as such, which for a generation impeded genuine theoretical and philosophical work.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780415464888 20160527
Green Library
268 pages ; 22 cm
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
143 p. : col. ill., ports. ; 24 cm.
Green Library
xviii, 222 p. ;
This book, based on extensive documentation and personal interviews by the author with a large number of leading social democrats of Europe, gives a perceptive analysis of international concerns on European social democrats during the post-war period. It analyzes how they strove to promote reforms internationally, consistent to the basic principles of social democracy -- freedom, democracy, inequality, justice and solidarity -- and to harness concerted international action to advance them.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780312175818 20160527
Hoover Library
xviii, 222 p. ; 23 cm.
This book, based on extensive documentation and personal interviews by the author with a large number of leading social democrats of Europe, gives a perceptive analysis of international concerns on European social democrats during the post-war period. It analyzes how they strove to promote reforms internationally, consistent to the basic principles of social democracy -- freedom, democracy, inequality, justice and solidarity -- and to harness concerted international action to advance them.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780312175818 20160527
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344 p.
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viii, 306 pages ; 24 cm
  • List of Illustrations-- Acknowledgements-- Introduction-- Chapter 1. The Contradictions of the Capitalist World System at the Beginning of the Twentieth-First Century-- Chapter 2. 20th Century Attempts to Create Socialism: Successes and Failures-- Chapter 3. Techno-Liberal and Counter-Cultural Visions of the Future-- Chapter 4. Efforts to Re-conceptualize Socialism-- Chapter 5. The Role of Anti-Systemic Movements in Creating a Socio-Ecological Revolution-- Chapter 6. Transitional Systemic-Challenge Reforms-- Conclusion: The Future in the Balance-- References-- Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781785336959 20180213
As global population growth continues to skyrocket, increasingly strained resources have made one thing clear: the desperate need for an alternative to capitalism. In Democratic Eco-Socialism as a Real Utopia, Hans Baer outlines the urgent need to reevaluate historical definitions of socialism, commit to social equality and justice, and prioritize environmental sustainability. Democatic eco-socialism, as he terms it, is a system capable of mobilizing people around the world, albeit in different ways, to prevent on-going human socio-economic and environmental degradation, and anthropogenic climate change.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781785336959 20180213
Green Library
vi, 279 p. ; 24 cm.
  • * Contents * Introduction * I. Political Theory 1. Social Rights, Risks and Obligations 2. Regulation, Participation and Actors * II. Political Economy 3. The Social Market Economy 4. A Right-Based Welfare State * III. The Politics of Globalization 5. Progressive Globalization * IV. Cultural Foundations 6. The Universalism of Social Democracy 7. Cultural Divergence and Social Citizenship * V. Theory and Practice 8. Libertarian and Social Democracies Compared 9. Defective and Consolidated Democracy * Conclusion * Bibliography * Detailed Table of Contents * Introduction * I. Political Theory 1. Social Rights, Risks and Obligations 1.1 Contradictions in Political Liberalism 1.2 Social Citizenship 1.3 Universal Fundamental Rights 1.4 Social Risks and Fundamental Rights 1.5 Self-Reliance and Civic Duties 1.6 Social Democracy and Sustainability 1.7 Justice and Political Integration 2. Regulation, Participation and Actors 2.1 Political Duties 2.2 Actors, Systems, and Strategies 2.3 Political Actors in Social Democracy 2.4 Political Steering and Social Democracy 2.5 Civil Society and Liberal Democracy * II. Political Economy 3. The Social Market Economy 3.1 Fundamental Rights and Political Economy 3.2 Public Goods and Civil Rights 3.3 The Market-State Complex 3.4 Imbedding the Economy 3.5 Varieties of Capitalism 3.6 Types of Capitalism Compared 3.7 The Social Market Economy 3.8 Social Market Economy and Globalization 4. A Rights-Based Welfare State 4.1 Social Security Regimes 4.2 Welfare State and Welfare Society 4.3 Labour and Human Dignity 4.4 Education as a Crucial Resource 4.5 Perspectives on Sustainability * III. The Politics of Globalization 5. Progressive Globalization 5.1 SocialDemocracy and Globalization 5.2 Global Citizenship 5.3 Global Governance 5.4 The Global Imbedding of Markets 5.5 Globalization and Political Contingency 5.6 Shaping and Coping * IV. Cultural Foundations 6. The Universalism of Social Democracy 7. Cultural Divergence and Social Citizenship 7.1 Multiculturalism and Political Rights 7.2 Cultural Difference and Social Citizenship * V. Theory and Practice 8. Libertarian and Social Democracies Compared 9. Defective and Consolidated Democracy * Conclusion * Bibliography.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9780745641133 20160528
The ascendancy of neo-liberalism in different parts of the world has put social democracy on the defensive. Its adherents lack a clear rationale for their policies. Yet a justification for social democracy is implicit in the United Nations Covenants on Human Rights, ratified by most of the worlds countries. The covenants commit all nations to guarantee that their citizens shall enjoy the traditional formal rights; but they likewise pledge governments to make those rights meaningful in the real world by providing social security and cultural recognition to every person. This new book provides a systematic defence of social democracy for our contemporary global age.The authors argue that the claims to legitimation implicit in democratic theory can be honored only by social democracy; libertarian democracies are defective in failing to protect their citizens adequately against social, economic, and environmental risks that only collective action can obviate. Ultimately, social democracy provides both a fairer and more stable social order. But can social democracy survive in a world characterized by pervasive processes of globalization? This book asserts that globalization need not undermine social democracy if it is harnessed by international associations and leavened by principles of cultural respect, toleration, and enlightenment. The structures of social democracy must, in short, be adapted to the exigencies of globalization, as has already occurred in countries with the most successful social-democratic practices.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780745641133 20160528
Green Library
x, 304 pages, 8 pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
  • Agricultural science and the socialist state
  • Pu Zhelong: making socialist science work
  • Yuan Longping: "intellectual peasant"
  • Peasants: "experience" and "backwardness"
  • Seeing like a state agent
  • The Lei Feng paradox
  • Opportunity and failure.
In 1968, the director of USAID coined the term green revolution to celebrate the new technological solutions that promised to ease hunger around the world and forestall the spread of more red, or socialist, revolutions. Yet in China, where modernization and scientific progress could not be divorced from politics, green and red revolutions proceeded side by side. In "Red Revolution, Green Revolution, " Sigrid Schmalzer explores the intersection of politics and agriculture in socialist China through the diverse experiences of scientists, peasants, state agents, and educated youth. The environmental costs of chemical-intensive agriculture and the human costs of emphasizing increasing production over equitable distribution of food and labor have been felt as strongly in China as anywhere and yet, as Schmalzer shows, Mao-era challenges to technocracy laid important groundwork for today s sustainability and food justice movements. This history of scientific farming in China offers us a unique opportunity not only to explore the consequences of modern agricultural technologies but also to engage in a necessary rethinking of fundamental assumptions about science and society.".
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780226330150 20160619
Green Library
1 online resource (xviii, 336 pages) : illustrations Digital: data file.
Since 1972 the Rainbow Family of Living Light, a loosely organized and anarchistic nomadic community, has been holding large gatherings in remote forests to pray for world peace and create a model of a functioning utopian society. Michael I. Niman’ s People of the Rainbow, originally published in 1997, was the first comprehensive study of this countercultural group and its eclectic philosophy of environmentalism, feminism, peace activism, group sharing, libertarianism, and consensus government. It is a book yet to be superseded. This second edition of Niman’ s compelling and insightful work brings the Rainbow story up to date with a new introduction and two extensive new epilogues. While the big annual Rainbow “ Gatherings” have drawn fewer numbers in recent years, Niman notes, the Rainbow ethos has in many ways migrated to the mainstream, as Rainbow notions about alternative medicine and environmental sustainability, for example, have gathered wider acceptance and influenced the national dialogue. Meanwhile, Rainbow movements in other regions, from Eastern Europe and the Middle East to Asia and Australia, are thriving. In addition to addressing changes within the Rainbow Family and its complex relationship to “ Babylon” (what Rainbows call mainstream culture), the book’ s new material explores the growing harassment Rainbows now face from U.S. law enforcement agencies— especially those associated with the National Forest Service. As Niman contends, this particular saga of a U.S. bureaucracy at war with its own citizens is a subplot in the larger— and disturbing— story of how the relationship between Americans and their government has changed during the first decade of the twenty-first century. In its nuanced portrait of an intriguing subculture, its successes, and its limitations, People of the Rainbow remains a significant contribution to the study of utopian communities in the United States and their ongoing legacy. Michael I. Niman is a professor of journalism and media studies in the Communication Department at Buffalo State College in New York.For additional resources related to this new edition, see http://buffalostate.edu/peopleoftherainbow.
xii, 293 p. ; 24 cm.
This volume examines the life stories of four individuals - close friends and former members of the Communist Party USA - revealing the ways they developed and sustained their personal values and political outlook through a lifetime of involvement in movements for social change.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780275950453 20160528
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xix, 243 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
  • section 1. Communities : an overview
  • section 2. Researching
  • section 3. Visiting
  • section 4. Joining.
Finding community is as critical as obtaining food and shelter, since the need to belong is what makes us human. The isolation and loneliness of modern life have led many people to search for deeper connection, which has resulted in a renewed interest in intentional communities. These intentional communities or ecovillages are an appealing choice for like-minded people who seek to create a family-oriented and ecologically sustainable lifestyle-a lifestyle they are unlikely to find anywhere else. However, the notion of an intentional community can still be a tremendous leap for some-deterred perhaps by a misguided vision of eking out a hardscrabble existence with little reward. In fact, successful ecovillages thrive because of the combined skills and resources of their members. Finding Community presents a thorough overview of ecovillages and intentional communities and offers solid advice on how to research thoroughly, visit thoughtfully, evaluate intelligently, and join gracefully. Useful considerations include: * Important questions to ask (of members and of yourself) * Signs of a healthy (and not-so-healthy) community * Cost of joining (and staying) * Common blunders to avoid Finding Community provides intriguing possibilities to readers who are seeking a more cooperative, sustainable, and meaningful life. Diana Leafe Christian is the author of Creating a Life Together and editor of Communities magazine. She lives at Earthhaven Ecovillage in North Carolina.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781550923834 20160605
269 p. ; 23 cm
  • 1 Anarchism Before Kropotkin 2 Peter Kropotkin: The Education of an Anarchist 3 Peter Kropotkin and the Legitimization of Anarchism 4 'Scientific Anarchism' and Evolutionary Theory: Towards an Ontology of Anarchist Ethics and Altruism 5 Kropotkin's Anarchism and the Nineteenth-Century Geographical Imagination: Towards an Anarchist Political Geography 6 Epilogue Notes Index.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781783717378 20160619
Kropotkin and the Anarchist Intellectual Tradition rescues Peter Kropotkin's philosophy of anarchism from the neglect that it has suffered in mainstream histories of the social and environmental sciences. Stressing Kropotkin's intellectual strengths and philosophical integrity of anarchism, Jim Mac Laughlin counteracts the persistent misrepresentation of anarchism as a utopian creed or a recipe for social chaos and political disorder. Moving beyond most previous accounts of Kropotkin's anarchism, Mac Laughlin focuses less on the man and his political career, instead providing a sustained and critical reading of his extensive writings on the social, historical and scientific basis of modern anarchism. The result is a thorough examination of a number of key themes in Kropotkin's philosophy of anarchism, including his concerted efforts to provide anarchism with an historical and scientific basis; the role of mutualism and mutual aid in social evolution and natural history; the ethics of anarchism, and the anarchist critique of state-centred nationalism and other expressions of power politics.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781783717378 20160619
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
421 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
  • Part I: Resistance and culture. Introduction: Of tunnels and theaters - The reader in the factory
  • Part II: Speaking to others: anarchist poetry, song, and public voice. The poet's feet
  • The devil's best tunes
  • Two crises of language
  • "A need without a hope"
  • Fight or flight?
  • Part III: "Out of the bind of the eternal present": Anarchist narrative. White rooms
  • Varieties of estrangement
  • Outcast narratives
  • From cretinolandia to common-sense country
  • Strong loving worlds
  • From Terre Libre to Temps de Crises
  • Barbarizing visions
  • A social spectacle?
  • The mirror stage
  • Part IV: Breaking the frame: Anarchist images. Virile bodies
  • "He peddles signs": Words and images
  • "Evolution is not over yet": Visual narrative
  • The stuttering image: Anarchist cinema
  • Conclusion: Lines of flight.
What anarchists demanded from art was what they demanded from all aspects of their political lives: that it should, as much as possible, embody the principle in the practice, the end in the means. While prefiguring a post-revolutionary world, anarchists simultaneously created a richly textured "resistance culture" to sustain their ideals and identities amid everyday lives defined by capital and the state, allowing an escape from domination even while enmeshed in it. Underground Passages investigates and interrogates these creations across the history of the movement. Whether discussing famous artists like John Cage or Diane DiPrima or unknown and anonymous anarchist writers, Cohn shows how aesthetic shifts both reflected and influenced and political and economic ones. This is cultural criticism at its best--and most useful.--Provided by publisher.
SAL3 (off-campus storage)
xiv, 220 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • pt. 1. Foundations. Building unity amidst diversity : ethnicity, race, and gender in the early years of American communism
  • The Mary Inman controversy and the (re)construction of the woman question, 1936-1945
  • The congress of American women : catalyst for progressive feminsim
  • pt. 2. Transformations. Women's work is never done : communists' evolving approach to the woman question, 1945-1956
  • Claudia Jones and the synthesis of gender, race, and class
  • Communist culture and the politicization of personal life
  • pt. 3. Connections. Old left feminism, the second wave, and beyond.
Drawing on substantial new research, Red Feminism traces the development of a distinctive Communist strain of American feminism from its troubled beginnings in the 1930s, through its rapid growth in the Congress of American Women during the early years of the Cold War, to its culmination in Communist Party circles of the late 1940s and early 1950s. The author argues persuasively that, despite the devastating effects of anti-Communism and Stalinism on the progressive Left of the 1950s, Communist feminists such as Susan B. Anthony II, Betty Millard, and Eleanor Flexner managed to sustain many important elements of their work into the 1960s, when a new generation took up their cause and built an effective movement for women's liberation. Red Feminism provides a more complex view of the history of the modern women's movement, showing how key Communist activists came to understand gender, sexism, and race as central components of culture, economics, and politics in American society.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9780801871115 20160605
Green Library
xii, 362 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
  • Notes on Contributors vii Abbreviations of Works by Antonio Gramsci ix Preface xi Acknowledgments xiii Framings 1 "A Barbed Gift of the Backwoods": Gramsci's Sardinian Beginnings 3 Michael Ekers, Gillian Hart, Stefan Kipfer, and Alex Loftus How to Live with Stones 6 John Berger Introduction 13 1 Gramsci: Space, Nature, Politics 15 Michael Ekers and Alex Loftus Part I Space 45 2 Traveling with Gramsci: The Spatiality of Passive Revolution 47 Adam David Morton 3 "Gramsci in Action": Space, Politics, and the Making of Solidarities 65 David Featherstone 4 City, Country, Hegemony: Antonio Gramsci's Spatial Historicism 83 5 State of Confusion: Money and the Space of Civil Society in Hegel and Gramsci 104 Geoff Mann Part II Nature 121 6 The Concept of Nature in Gramsci 123 Benedetto Fontana 7 Space, Ecology, and Politics in the Praxis of the Brazilian Landless Movement 142 Abdurazack Karriem 8 On the Nature of Gramsci's "Conceptions of the World" 161 Joel Wainwright 9 Gramsci, Nature, and the Philosophy of Praxis 178 Alex Loftus 10 Difference and Inequality in World Affairs: A Gramscian Analysis 197 Nicola Short 11 Gramsci and the Erotics of Labor: More Notes on "The Sexual Question" 217 Michael Ekers Part III Politics 239 12 Cracking Hegemony: Gramsci and the Dialectics of Rebellion 241 Jim Glassman 13 Gramsci at the Margins: A Prehistory of the Maoist Movement in Nepal 258 Vinay Gidwani and Dinesh Paudel 14 Accumulation through Dispossession and Accumulation through Growth: Intimations of Massacres Foretold? 279 Judith Whitehead 15 Gramsci, Geography, and the Languages of Populism 301 Gillian Hart Conclusion 321 16 Translating Gramsci in the Current Conjuncture 323 Stefan Kipfer and Gillian Hart Index 345.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781444339710 20160615
This unique collection is the first to bring attention to Antonio Gramsci's work within geographical debates. Presenting a substantially different reading to Gramsci scholarship, the collection forges a new approach within human geography, environmental studies and development theory. * Offers the first sustained attempt to foreground Antonio Gramsci's work within geographical debates * Demonstrates how Gramsci articulates a rich spatial sensibility whilst developing a distinctive approach to geographical questions * Presents a substantially different reading of Gramsci from dominant post-Marxist perspectives, as well as more recent anarchist and post-anarchist critiques * Builds on the emergence of Gramsci scholarship in recent years, taking this forward through studies across multiple continents, and asking how his writings might engage with and animate political movements today * Forges a new approach within human geography, environmental studies and development theory, building on Gramsci's innovative philosophy of praxis.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781444339710 20160615
dx.doi.org Wiley Online Library
Green Library
viii, 310 p. ; 24 cm.
  • General Introduction, Ted Benton I. Marxism For or Against Ecology? Introduction to Part I, Ted Benton 1. A Critique of Political Ecology, Hans Magnus Enzensberger 2. Marxism and Ecology: More Benedictine Than Franciscan, Jean-Guy Vaillancourt 3. Marx and Resource Scarcity, Michael Perelman 4. Greening Prometheus: Marxism and Ecology, Kate Soper II. Toward an Ecological Marxism Introduction to Part II, Ted Benton 5. Soviet Environmentalism: The Path Not Taken, Arran Gare 6. Marxism and Ecology, Gunnar Skirbekk 7. Marxism and the Environmental Question: From the Critical Theory of Production to an Environmental Rationality for Sustainable Development, Enrique Leff 8. Marxism and Natural Limits: An Ecological Critique and Reconstruction, Ted Benton III. The Second Contradiction of Capitalism Introduction to Part III, Ted Benton 9. The Second Contradiction of Capitalism, James O'Connor Four Commentaries on "The Second Contradiction": The Ecological Crisis: A Second Contradiction of Capitalism?, Victor M. Toledo Capitalism: How Many Contradictions?, Michael A. Lebowitz The Contradictory Interaction of Capitalism and Nature, Andriana Vlachou The Second Contradiction in the Italian Experience, Valentino Parlato and Giovanna Ricoveri IV. Critical Voices Introduction to Part IV, Ted Benton 10. Ecofeminism and Ecosocialism: Dilemmas of Essentialism and Materialism, Mary Mellor Commentary on "Ecofeminism and Ecosocialism, " Kate Soper 11. Socialism and Ecocentrism: Toward a New Synthesis, Robyn Eckersley.
  • (source: Nielsen Book Data)9781572301184 20160527
The Greening of Marxism explores the influence of green politics on Marxism, examines the new politics emerging from these movements, and shows how red green alliances can transform the political landscape.
(source: Nielsen Book Data)9781572301184 20160527
Green Library


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