Paper $31.00 ISBN: 9781786836588 Will Publish January 2021 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only

Living Off-Grid in Wales

Eco-Villages in Policy and Practice

Elaine Forde

Living Off-Grid in Wales

Elaine Forde

Distributed for University of Wales Press

224 pages | 4 halftones, 1 map | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2
Paper $31.00 ISBN: 9781786836588 Will Publish January 2021 For sale in North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand only
Living Off-grid in Wales scouts the new policy context for off-grid rural development by contrasting the policy approach with the activist version of going off-grid. The examples examined in the book feed into much broader debates about the possibility of planning for sustainable development. This book offers clarity to the notion of off-grid by examining two main case studies that do off-grid very differently from each other. The policy context that is examined in the book is distinctive to Wales – it is novel to see a planning policy that not only incorporates but insists on off-grid. The book pivots on this contradiction: if planning (as is thought) is about the spatial reproduction of society, then why should it encourage independence from these systems? Living Off-Grid in Wales also fosters an ethnography of rural Wales, and the book’s focus on alternative communities brings a novel perspective to the anthropological literature on community by considering off-grid as a new form of radical social assemblage.
 
Contents
List of Illustrations
Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgements
0 Introduction
1 Wales
2 Y Mynydd: A Village off the Grid
3 Tir y Gafel: A Model Village
4 More Problems with Community
5 Living Off-grid: Towards a Material Culture
6 OPD: Policy in Practice
7 Concluding Remarks
References
Index
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