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Nature for Sale: The Commons Versus Commodities


Manufacturer: Pluto Press

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"This book uncovers the rich heritage of common ownership which existed before the dominance of capitalist social 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 typical features of common ownership: cooperation, sustainable use of natural resources and decision-making through direct democracy. In doing so, she shows how it is possible to provide goods and services which are not commodities to be exchanged on the market, something still demonstrated today in villages 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 that a new commons is needed today."

Giovanna Ricoveri. Pluto Press, 2013.

Product Code: 9780745333700

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