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Off the grid : re-assembling domestic life

Author: Phillip Vannini; Jonathan Taggart
Publisher: New York, New York ; Oxfordshire, England : Routledge, 2015. ©2015
Series: Innovative ethnographies.
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Off-grid isn't a state of mind. It isn't about someone being out of touch, about a place that is hard to get to, or about a weekend spent offline. Off-grid is the property of a building (generally a home but sometimes even a whole town) that is disconnected from the electricity and the natural gas grid. To live off-grid, therefore, means having to radically re-invent domestic life as we know it, and this is what
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Vannini, Phillip.
Off the grid : re-assembling domestic life.
New York, New York ; Oxfordshire, England : Routledge, ©2015
xiv, 234 pages
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Phillip Vannini; Jonathan Taggart
ISBN: 9780203744406 0203744403 9781135010492 1135010498 9781135010478 1135010471 9781135010485 113501048X
OCLC Number: 896850684
Description: 1 online resource (249 pages) : illustrations, photographs.
Contents: 1. Grids --
2. The pull of remove --
3. Involvement --
4. (Off)roads --
5. Power constellations --
6. Comfort --
7. Convenience --
8. House building, DIW-style --
9. Slower homes --
10. Breaking waters --
11. Camping, out on the land --
12. The new quietism --
13. A better way of life?
Series Title: Innovative ethnographies.
Responsibility: Phillip Vannini and Jonathan Taggart.

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Off-grid isn't a state of mind. It isn't about someone being out of touch, about a place that is hard to get to, or about a weekend spent offline. Off-grid is the property of a building (generally a home but sometimes even a whole town) that is disconnected from the electricity and the natural gas grid. To live off-grid, therefore, means having to radically re-invent domestic life as we know it, and this is what this book is about: individuals and families who have chosen to live in that dramatically innovative, but also quite old, way of life. This ethnography explores the day-to-day lives of people in each of Canada's provinces and territories living off the grid. Vannini and Taggart demonstrate how a variety of people, all with different environmental constraints, live away from contemporary civilization. The authors also raise important questions about our social future and whether off-grid living creates an environmentally and culturally sustainable lifestyle practice. These homes are experimental labs for our collective future, an intimate look into unusual contemporary domestic lives, and a call to the rest of us leading ordinary lives to examine what we take for granted. This book is ideal for courses on the environment and sustainability as well as introduction to sociology and introduction to cultural anthropology courses.

"Off-grid isn't a state of mind. It isn't about someone being out of touch, about a place that is hard to get to, or about a weekend spent offline. Off-grid is the property of a building (generally a home but sometimes even a whole town) that is disconnected from the electricity and the natural gas grid. To live off-grid, therefore, means having to radically re-invent domestic life as we know it, and this is what this book is about: individuals and families who have chosen to live in that dramatically innovative, but also quite old, way of life. This ethnography explores the day-to-day lives of people in each of Canada's provinces and territories living off the grid. Vannini and Taggart demonstrate how a variety of people, all with different environmental constraints, live away from contemporary civilization. The authors also raise important questions about our social future and whether off-grid living creates an environmentally and culturally sustainable lifestyle practice. These homes are experimental labs for our collective future, an intimate look into unusual contemporary domestic lives, and a call to the rest of us leading ordinary lives to examine what we take for granted. This book is ideal for courses on the environment and sustainability as well as introduction to sociology and introduction to cultural anthropology courses."--

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