Reconnecting Lives to the Land: An Agenda for Critical Dialogue

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Do prevailing social discourses hinder human connectedness to the land? And, if so, are there ways in which agriculture can guide us to better ways of thinking and living?

This book seeks to answer such questions via a focus on dialogue, specifically on one researcher's attempts to develop dialogue as a tool for social and cultural change. Throughout the work, dialogue is intentionally focused by means of a metaphorical and literal engagement with agriculture. The book uses agriculture to question whether conventional progress and development, which claims much material success, may be alienating humans from their own ecology and failing in social, psychological, and spiritual ways. It proposes that researchers use agriculture as a framework for discussion, debate, and dialogue on issues of environmental, economic, and cultural significance. The dialogue on agriculture that the book advances also questions whether current discourses within the 'environmental community' are bound to exclusive ideologies and are thus flawed as means of all-inclusive dialogue.

The book's chapters are structured to present dialogue on agriculture as a tool for cultural reflection and eco-social change. The introductory chapter previews the book's subsequent discussion of theory, methodology, and praxis. The book's four main sections, together with a philosophical interlude, then work in sequence to delineate a rationale for the use of agriculture as a framework for cultural evaluation and to describe some conversations that emerge in the context of one local case study in Southern New Jersey.

Section One assesses thought processes inherent to the study of land by examining how geography has attended to the holistic nature of agriculture. Section Two addresses cultural learning and how it might intersect with action on the local level by applying a postmodern critique of development to make the case for local dialogue on agriculture as a tool for social education.

Section Three uses the context of Burlington County in Southern New Jersey to examine the value and function of agriculture in community dialogue. This empirical research focuses on concepts of civic agriculture and is an expression of what kinds of exchanges and endeavours can be accomplished through dialogic engagement with agricultural theory. Finally, Section Four builds on this case study by exploring an alternative kind of dialogue, one built on a spirit-based cultural analytic that could provide an important missing link for communities attempting to transform them-selves through holistic, agriculturally based learning.

This book is accessible to the general reader as well as the academic. It was developed to be of particular interest to both the fields of geography and planning, but is also relevant to cultural studies, environmental studies, and spiritual ecology.

Allison Hayes-Conroy is a candidate for a PhD in Geography at Clark University.
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Artist / Author Allison HAYES-CONROY

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