Nature for Sale: The Commons versus Commodities (Paperback)
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Nature for Sale: The Commons versus Commodities (Paperback)

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Paperback 152 Pages / Published: 20/06/2013
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Uncovering the rich heritage of common ownership which existed before the dominance of capitalist property relations, Giovanna Ricoveri argues that the subsistence commons of the past can be reinvented today to provide an alternative to the current destructive economic order.

Ricoveri outlines the distinct features of common ownership as it has existed in history through cooperatives, sustainable use of natural resources and direct democracy. In doing so, she shows how it is possible to provide goods and services which are not commodities exchanged on the capitalistic market, something still demonstrated today in village communities across the global South.

Tracing the erosion of the commons from the European enclosures at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution to the new enclosures of modern capitalism, the book concludes by arguing that a new commons is needed today. It will be essential reading for activists as well as students and academics in history, politics, economics and development studies.

Publisher: Pluto Press
ISBN: 9780745333700
Number of pages: 152
Weight: 176 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 13 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'A brilliant book ... an historical-philosophical inquiry into an alternative route to the current devastating economic and social order' -- Grazia Francescato, leading environmentalist
'Explains how the disregard of subsistence commons and of nature has seriously undermined the natural cycles of matter and the complex thread through which nature organises itself' -- Giorgio Nebbia, Professor Emeritus, University of Bari, Italy
'Allows us to understand the foundations for waging a survival struggle against an encroaching climate' -- Saul Landau, Vice Chair of the Institute for Policy Studies, Berkeley
'A wonderful book, topical and energetic. I read it at one sitting!' -- Ariel Salleh

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