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The commons in history : culture, conflict, and ecology

Author: Derek Wall
Publisher: Cambridge (Mass.) ; London : The MIT Press. C 2014.
Series: History for a sustainable future.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Présentation de l'éditeur : "The history of the commons--jointly owned land or other resources such as fisheries or forests set aside for public use--provides a useful context for current debates over sustainability and how we can act as "good ancestors." In this book, Derek Wall considers the commons from antiquity to the present day, as an idea, an ecological space, an economic abstraction, and a management  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Derek Wall
ISBN: 9780262027212 0262027216 9780262534703 0262534703
OCLC Number: 894549827
Notes: Autre tirage : 2017.
Description: 1 vol. (XV-165 p.) ; 21 cm.
Series Title: History for a sustainable future.
Responsibility: Derek Wall.

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Présentation de l'éditeur : "The history of the commons--jointly owned land or other resources such as fisheries or forests set aside for public use--provides a useful context for current debates over sustainability and how we can act as "good ancestors." In this book, Derek Wall considers the commons from antiquity to the present day, as an idea, an ecological space, an economic abstraction, and a management practice. He argues that the commons should be viewed neither as a "tragedy" of mismanagement (as the biologist Garrett Hardin wrote in 1968) nor as a panacea for solving environmental problems. Instead, Walls sees the commons as a particular form of property ownership, arguing that property rights are essential to understanding sustainability. How we use the land and its resources offers insights into how we value the environment. After defining the commons and describing the arguments of Hardin's influential article and Elinor Ostrom's more recent work on the commons, Wall offers historical case studies from the United States, England, India, and Mongolia. He examines the power of cultural norms to maintain the commons; political conflicts over the commons; and how commons have protected, or failed to protect ecosystems. Combining intellectual and material histories with an eye on contemporary debates, Wall offers an applied history that will interest academics, activists, and policy makers."

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