Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace

Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability and Peace


By (author) Vandana Shiva


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  • Publisher: ZED BOOKS LTD
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 136mm x 210mm x 16mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 26 November 2005
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1842777777
  • ISBN 13: 9781842777770
  • Illustrations note: Notes, Index
  • Sales rank: 269,808

Product description

This book is Vandana Shiva's most extensive treatment of the struggles, she has helped bring to international attention in genetic food engineering, cultural theft, and natural resource privatisation. She uncovers their links to the rising tide of fundamentalisms, violence against women, and the environmental death of the planet. Starting in the 16th century with the enclosure of the British commons, she illustrates how the commons continue to shrink, as more natural resources are patented and privatised. As our ecological sustainability and cultural diversity erode, human life is rendered disposable and economic and social exclusion ignite violence. Yet these are not the only trend shaping human history. Popular struggles have yielded a set of principles and ideals, which Shiva calls 'earth democracy', and which lay the basis for a peaceful, just and sustainable future.

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Author information

Vandana Shiva is a leading environmental leader, physicist and thinker. Her many books include Staying Alive, Protect or Plunder, Stolen Harvest, The Violence of the Green Revolution and Monocultures of the Mind, all published by Zed. 1993 she won the Alternative Nobel Peace Prize (the Right Livelihood Award), and she is a leader in the International Forum on Globalization, along with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin.

Review quote

'One of the world's most prominent radical scientists.' - The Guardian 'Shiva is a burst of creative energy, an intellectual power.' - The Progressive 'A leading thinker who has eloquently blended her views on the environment, agriculture, spirituality, and women's rights into a powerful philosophy.' - Utne Reader

Table of contents

Introduction 1. Principles of Earth Democracy 2. Living Economies 3. Living Democracies 4. Living Cultures 5. Earth Democracy in Action Notes Index