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Bioregionalism and Civil Society

Democratic Challenges to Corporate Globalism

Bioregionalism and Civil Society addresses the urgent need for sustainability in industrialized societies. It explores the bioregional movement in the US, Canada, and Mexico, examining its vision, values, strategies, and tools for building sustainable societies. Practically, Mike Carr argues for bioregionalism as a place-specific, community movement that can stand in diverse opposition to the homogenizing trends of corporate globalization. Theoretically, the author seeks lessons for civil society-based social theory and strategy. Carr’s argument that bioregional values and community-building tools support a diverse, democratic, socially just civil society that respects the natural world makes a significant contribution to the fields of green political science, social change theory, and environmental thought.

344 pages

Table of Contents


Introduction: Corporate Globalism, Civil Society, and Bioregionalism

1. Civil Society against Consumerism

2. Ecocentric Social Capital: The Ecology of Kinship

3. Bioregional Vision and Values

4. Bioregional Strategy and Tools for Community Building

5. Narrative Accounts of Reinhabitation in Rural and Urban Settings

6. Continental Movement: A Narrative Account of the Continental Bioregional Story

7. Conclusion: Civil Society Theory, Bioregionalism, and Global Order



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