The enclosure of the cultural and environmental commons has been going on for hundreds of years, privatizing what was previously available to all members of the community. Recently, however, the process of enclosure has been accelerated by the spread of economic globalization. This timely book champions the cultural and environmental commons as sites of resistance to this current trend, and explains the nature of educational reforms that promote ecological sustainability, conserving of cultural and linguistic diversity, local democracy, and greater community self-sufficiency. Revitalizing the Commons will be of interest to scholars of environmental studies, education, and community development alike.
C. A. Bowers is currently adjunct professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Oregon.
Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 The Road Not Taken: Education's Complicity in the Enclosure of the Commons Chapter 3 Revitalizing the Commons in the African American Communities of Detroit Chapter 4 Community-Centered Approaches to Revitalizing the Commons Chapter 5 Understanding the Commons Within the Context of Contemporary Ideologies Chapter 6 The Choice Before Us: Educational Reforms that Revitalize or Further Enclose the Commons