The Politics of Gratitude: Scale, Place & Community in a Global Age

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Hardcover, Potomac Books, 2011, ISBN13 9781597976633, ISBN10 1597976636

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Many Americans are longing for an alternative politics that is rooted in strong communities, a recognition of limits, and respect for the natural world. These issues are not the possession of one political party. Rather, they refer to ideas rooted deeply in the best aspects of our common tradition, and they represent yearnings that many, regardless of political affiliation, share. This book articulates a cultural and political vision that leads off the couch and into the garden, out of the shopping mall and into the farmer s market, away from Washington and in the direction of home.In this postpartisan call to action, Mitchell develops the concept of the politics of gratitude, which is centered around four ideas: creatureliness, gratitude, human scale, and place, culminating in a distinctive, fruitful view of human nature and community at odds with the prevailing norms of individualism (and, not so paradoxically, statism), giantism, and hypermobility. Going beyond the liberal-conservative factionalism that has reduced our political and cultural discourse to cliches and vitriol, he urges us to become responsible stewards of the earth who are committed to family and community and who abide in gratitude, taking nothing for granted.The result is a political and cultural vision that is at once local, limited, modest, republican, green and grateful.

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Many Americans are longing for an alternative politics that is rooted in strong communities, a recognition of limits, and respect for the natural world. These issues are not the possession of one political party. Rather, they refer to ideas rooted deeply in the best aspects of our common tradition, and they represent yearnings that many, regardless of political affiliation, share. This book articulates a cultural and political vision that leads off the couch and into the garden, out of the shopping mall and into the farmer s market, away from Washington and in the direction of home.In this postpartisan call to action, Mitchell develops the concept of the politics of gratitude, which is centered around four ideas: creatureliness, gratitude, human scale, and place, culminating in a distinctive, fruitful view of human nature and community at odds with the prevailing norms of individualism (and, not so paradoxically, statism), giantism, and hypermobility. Going beyond the liberal-conservative factionalism that has reduced our political and cultural discourse to cliches and vitriol, he urges us to become responsible stewards of the earth who are committed to family and community and who abide in gratitude, taking nothing for granted.The result is a political and cultural vision that is at once local, limited, modest, republican, green and grateful.

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Publisher: Univ of Nebraska Pr
Publish Date: Oct 2012
ISBN-13: 9781597976633
ISBN-10: 1597976636
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 215
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.1
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.0
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