Slow Living

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Bloomsbury Academic, Apr 4, 2006 - Social Science - 180 pages
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Speed is the essence of the modern era, but our faster, more frenetic lives often trouble us and leave us wondering how we are meant to live in today's world. Slow Living explores the philosophy and politics of 'slowness' as it investigates the growth of Slow Food into a worldwide, 'eco-gastronomic' movement. Originating in Italy, Slow Food is not only committed to the preservation of traditional cuisines and sustainable agriculture but also the pleasures of the table and a slower approach to life in general. Craig and Parkins argue that slow living is a complex response to processes of globalization. It connects ethics and pleasure, the global and the local, as part of a new emphasis on everyday life in contemporary culture and politics. The 'global everyday' is not a simple tale of speed and geographical dislocation. Instead, we all negotiate different times and spaces that make our quality of life and an 'ethics of living' more pressing concerns. This innovative book shows how slow living is about the challenges of living a more mindful and pleasurable life.

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Geoffrey Craig is Senior Lecturer in Mass Communication, School of Media, Communication and Culture, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia. Wendy Parkins is Lecturer, School of Media, Communication and Culture, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia, and is the editor of Fashioning the Body Politic: Dress, Gender, Citizenship.

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