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  • Paperback: 244 pages
  • Publisher: University of Georgia Press; New Ed edition (1 April 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0820322059
  • ISBN-13: 978-0820322056
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,576,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""Dwellers in the Land" addresses questions of the greatest importance to the future of human life. . . . Its truths are timely, and they encourage us to action."--"San Jose Mercury News"

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Kirkpatrick Sale is a writer and lecturer whose books include "SDS"; "Human Scale"; and "The Conquest of Paradise: Christopher Columbus and the Columbian Legacy." His articles have appeared in the "New York Review of Books," "Newsweek," the "Nation," "Mother Jones," "Utne Reader," "Rain," "Harper's," and the "New York Times Magazine." He lives in New York.

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IN THE BEGINNING, as the Greeks saw it, when chaos settled into form there was a mighty sphere, floating free within the moist, gleaming embrace of the sky and its great swirling drifts of white cloud, a vibrant globe of green and blue and brown and gray, binding together in a holy, deep-breasted synchrony the temperatures of the sun, the gasses of the air, the chemicals of the sea, the minerals of the soil, and bearing the organized, self-contained, and almost purposeful aspect of a single organism, alive, a breathing, pulsing body that was, in the awed words of Plato, "a living creature, one and visible, containing within itself all living creatures." Read the first page
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
A remedy for short-sighted environmental policies 28 May 2000
By Kelly Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Kirkpatrick Sale has written a vision of the future that should be drilled into politicians' subconscious and taught in grade school. Sustainable, sane, ecologically minded bioregions. I was particularly struck by his definition of "querencia"--"a deep, quiet sense of inner well-being that comes from knowing a particular place of the earth, its diurnal and seasonal patterns, its fruits and scents, its history and its part in your history . . . where, whenever you return to it, your soul releases an inner sigh of recognition and relaxation." Sale is a wonderful writer, balanced in perspective, and able to distill complex problems into a form that the average mind can comprehend, despite all the arguments pro and con. Read it.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
an antidote to rootlessness 12 July 2001
By Craig Chalquist, PhD, author of TERRAPSYCHOLOGY and DEEP CALIFORNIA - Published on Amazon.com
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If you've come to suspect that most of the world's problems--pollution, warfare, crime, transnational piracy, mental illness--are inherent in a civilization in decline, you might like this vision of small, face-to-face communities living in respectful accord with the natural world.
The author makes the same point as ecopsychologists and the great whale researcher Roger Payne: built by millions of years of evolution to live in close contact with the wilderness, we who have penned ourselves behind fences and buildings carry with us a ten-thousand-year-old wound....a self-inflicted wound of aching alienation (hence our tendency to alienate--to marginalize--other people).
Read this book, then tour the decidedly un-zoolike San Diego Wild Animal Park while seeing how you feel there. For some this might offer a glimpse of a sanity so centering that you can feel it throughout your body.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
a 1991 classic introduction to biogregionalism 5 Mar. 2010
By Ed Philosopher - Published on Amazon.com
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Weary of the American dream, of the nightmarish destination of the natural world, I looked for another way of life and discovered bioregionalism. All sources pointed to this book, a 1991 classic introduction. And rightly so: it covers the economic, political, and societal necessities for change: things that have not gone of out date over the past two decades. The fact is our planet cannot sustain the American consumerist lifestyle for six-plus billion people. This book presents a better way.
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Brings a better understanding of bioregionalism 19 Mar. 2011
By E. Croft - Published on Amazon.com
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Can be tough to read at times because of the subject matter, but it is bringing a better awareness. Don't know how it could be implemented in a society that is based on cash.
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