Radical Homemakers: Reclaiming Domesticity from a Consumer Culture

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Chelsea Green Publishing, Feb 1, 2010 - Social Science - 300 pages
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Mother Nature has shown her hand. Faced with climate change, dwindling resources, and species extinctions, most Americans understand the fundamental steps necessary to solve our global crises-drive less, consume less, increase self-reliance, buy locally, eat locally, rebuild our local communities.

In essence, the great work we face requires rekindling the home fires.Radical Homemakers is about men and women across the U.S. who focus on home and hearth as a political and ecological act, and who have centered their lives around family and community for personal fulfillment and cultural change. It explores what domesticity looks like in an era that has benefited from feminism, where domination and oppression are cast aside and where the choice to stay home is no longer equated with mind-numbing drudgery, economic insecurity, or relentless servitude.

Radical Homemakers nationwide speak about empowerment, transformation, happiness, and casting aside the pressures of a consumer culture to live in a world where money loses its power to relationships, independent thought, and creativity. If you ever considered quitting a job to plant tomatoes, read to a child, pursue creative work, can green beans and heal the planet, this is your book.



 

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Families nationwide are struggling with how to manage a growing sense of powerlessness as our world undergoes climate change, our economy flounders and public health worsens. Shannon Hayes, author of ... Read full review

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I honestly didn't want this book to end. I related to this book so much that it made me a bit depressed. It's a very honest look at how our nation is driven by corporations and consumerism, and how ... Read full review

Contents

A WOMANS PLACE
23
HOME ECONOMICS
49
FROM SELFRELIANCE TO COMMODIFICATION
61
HOME WRECKERS
84
HOW
107
THE RADICAL HOMEMAKERS
109
HOUSEKEEPING
115
RECLAIMING DOMESTIC SKILLS
184
TOWARD A HOMEGROWN CULTURE
249
STUDY PARTICIPANTS
256
ENDNOTES
277
INDEX
295
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Shannon Hayes works with her family raising grassfed meat on Sap Bush Hollow Farm in upstate New York. She is the author of Long Way on a Little, The Grassfed Gourmet, The Farmer and the Grill and the controversial best-seller, Radical Homemakers. Hayes holds a Ph.D. in sustainable agriculture and community development from Cornell University, blogs for Yes! Magazine, hosts GrassfedCooking.com, and writes about her daily life farming, homeschooling her kids and cooking great food at ShannonHayes.info.

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