Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780745334226 Published February 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745334233 Published April 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada

Small Is Necessary

Shared Living on a Shared Planet

Anitra Nelson

Small Is Necessary

Anitra Nelson

Distributed for Pluto Press

304 pages | 27 halftones | 5 1/4 x 8 1/2 | © 2008
Paper $28.00 ISBN: 9780745334226 Published February 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9780745334233 Published April 2018 For Sale in All Americas and the Caribbean except Canada
For centuries now, economists and governments have been relentlessly focused on growth. Bigger is always better, it seems.
            But on a planet of finite resources, something has to give. And that doesn’t have to be a bad thing. With Small Is Necessary, Anitra Nelson show how shared living can help us solve a wide range of the social, economic, and sustainability challenges that we face today. Detailing a number of innovative approaches to shared living, she reveals a new way to think about our place in the world, one that is outward-looking, culturally rich, and ecologically sustainable.
Contents
List of Figures, Tables and Boxes
Abbreviations
Glossary
Acknowledgements
 
Introduction
1. Less Is More: Living Closely on a Finite Plante
 
Part I Compact Urban Housing
2. Once We Were Small: Traditional and Contemporary Homes
3. Apartment Living in Cities
4. Apartment Household Practicies and Affordability
 
Part II Eco-Housing and Ecovillages
5. From Sharing a House to Eco-cohousing
6. Ecovillages: Sustainability and System Change
 
Part III Futures: Scaling up, Shared Landscapes, Shared Livelihoods
7. ‘Will You Dance with Us?’ Governments and Collaborative Housing
8. ‘To Market, to Market’: Eco-collaborative Housing for Sale
9. Grassroots Sustainability, Sociality and Governance

Conclusion
10. Small Is Necesssary and, with Sharing, Feasible
 
Appendix: Key Sources and Links
Notes
Index
 
Review Quotes
Paul Chatterton, Professor of Urban Futures, University of Leeds, and co-founder of the Lilac cohousing co-operative
“With great insight, Anitra Nelson shows how collaborative housing is emerging across the world to re-ignite the ‘Small is Beautiful’ spirit of E.F. Schumacher. This is a wonderful guide featuring inspiring examples for those who want to use shared eco-housing to tackle the challenges ahead”
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