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The Centrality of Agriculture: Between Humankind and the Rest of Nature

By: Colin A M Duncan

350 pages, Figs

McGill-Queens University Press

Hardback | Jun 1996 | #53714 | ISBN: 0773513639
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Innovative critique of modernity and industrialisation.


Part I (Introductory) Agriculture as the problem: replacing the economy in nature and in society Section 1 (preliminary): The missing environmental dimension in social criticism; Section 2 (ecological and historical): The environmental implications of agriculture and the preindustrial phase of their history; Section 3 (ecological and contemporary): The environmental implications of industry and our living environment's capacity for response; Section 4: Towards agriculture as our environmental monitor and the centrepiece of a new form of policy. Part II (Fabular) Agriculture privileged and benign: English capitalism in its light-industrial prime Section 1 (sociotheoretical): The relevance of the English case for understanding the place of agriculture in modern society; Section 2 (agronomic and ecological): Classical English farming practices and land stewardship; Section 3 (legal and institutional): The dynastic device of strict settlement; Section 4 (interpretive): The place of agriculture in the economy of capitalist England. Part III (Contemporary) Agriculture displaced and disarrayed: The industrializing (world) economy as the only perceived context for human activity in this century Section 1 (historico-ideological): Free trade and the attack on the landed interest in England; Section 2 (historico-economic): The rise and fall of an ordered world market in agricultural produce and their manifold effects; Section 3 (technical): "Solving" agriculture's problems by deliberately subsuming it under industry; Section 4 (critical): Agriculture and the socialist tradition. Part IV (Utopian) Agriculture biocontexts for future persons: Possible forms for communities securely placed in nature Section 1 (philosophical): Type of relations among persons, nature, and use-values; Section 2 (descriptive): Forms of the new agriculture for bioregions; Section 3 (exploratory): Forms of money and the division of labour; Section 4 (tentative): Pathways to Utopia.

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