Imagine a world structured around ecological and cultural diversity, rather than national and political parameters. In response to present and impending ecological and economic crises, Kirkpatrick Sale offers a definitive introduction to the unique concept of bioregionalism, an alternative way of organizing society to create smaller scale, more ecologically sound, individually responsive communities with renewable economies and cultures. He emphasizes, among many other factors, the concept of regionalism through natural population division, settlement near and stewardship of watershed areas, and the importance of communal ownership of and responsibility for the land. Dwellers in the Land focuses on the realistic development of these bioregionally focused communities and the places where they are established to create a society that is both ecologically sustainable and satisfying to its inhabitants.
Page count: 248 pp. Trim size: 6 x 9
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Kirkpatrick Sale is a writer and lecturer whose books include SDS; Human Scale; and The Conquest of Paradise: Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Legacy. His articles have appeared in the New York Review of Books, Newsweek, the Nation, Mother Jones, Utne Reader, Rain, Harper's, and the New York Times Magazine. He lives in New York.