Nature for Sale

Nature for Sale : The Commons versus Commodities

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Uncovering the rich heritage of common ownership which existed before the dominance of capitalist property 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 distinct features of common ownership as it has existed in history through cooperatives, sustainable use of natural resources and direct democracy. In doing so, she shows how it is possible to provide goods and services which are not commodities exchanged on the capitalistic market, something still demonstrated today in village communities 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 by arguing that a new commons is needed today. It will be essential reading for activists as well as students and academics in history, politics, economics and development studies.
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  • Hardback | 152 pages
  • 129.03 x 198.12 x 15.24mm | 453.59g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0745333710
  • 9780745333717

Table of contents

Foreword by Vandana Shiva

Will the Commons save the World?: Introduction to the Italian edition

The Enclosure of Nature and the Social Movements : Introduction to the English edition

1. What are the Commons

2. The Decline of the Commons

3. The Destruction of Wealth through Commodities

4. All Power to the Commons!

Afterword: The Right to the Future


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'A wonderful book, topical and energetic. I read it at one sitting!' -- Ariel Salleh 'Allows us to understand the foundations for waging a survival struggle against an encroaching climate' -- Saul Landau, Vice Chair of the Institute for Policy Studies, Berkeley 'Explains how the disregard of subsistence commons and of nature has seriously undermined the natural cycles of matter and the complex thread through which nature organises itself' -- Giorgio Nebbia, Professor Emeritus, University of Bari, Italy 'A brilliant book ... an historical-philosophical inquiry into an alternative route to the current devastating economic and social order' -- Grazia Francescato, leading environmentalist
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About Giovanna Ricoveri

Giovanna Ricoveri is a writer and activist. She is the author of a book on the commons in Italian, Beni comuni vs Merci (2010) and editor of Beni comuni tra tradizione e futuro (2005). She is the founding editor of Capitalismo Natura Socialismo, which is part of the international network Capitalism Nature Socialism.
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