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Childerley Nature and Morality in a Country Village

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ISBN-10: 0226041980

ISBN-13: 9780226041988

Edition: 1994

Authors: Michael Mayerfeld Bell, Christian P. Drury

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In Childerley a twelfth-century church rises above the rolling quilt of pastures and grain fields. Volvos and tractors share the winding country roads. Here, in this small village two hours from London, stockbrokers and stock-keepers live side by side in thatched cottages, converted barns, and modern homes. Why do these villagers find country living so compelling? Why, despite our urban lives, do so many of us strive for a home in the country, closer to nature? Michael Bell suggests that we are looking for a natural conscience: an unshakeable source of identity and moral value that is free from social interests--comfort and solace and a grounding of self in a world of conflict and change. …    
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Book details

Copyright year: 1994
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
Publication date: 7/1/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 292
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.990
Language: English

Michael Mayerfeld Bell is Professor of Community and Environmental Sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For his day job, he is principally an environmental sociologist and a social theorist, focusing on dialogics, the sociology of nature, and social justice. These concerns for the world have led him to studies of agroecology, the body, community, consumption, culture, development, food, democracy, economic sociology, gender, inequality, participation, place, politics, rurality, the sociology of music, and more. He is also a part-time composer of grassroots and classical music, and a mandolinist, guitarist, and singer.

The View from Winter Hill
A parish on the Fringe Class and Community
A ""Slightly Feudal"" Village
The Front Door and the Back Door
Country People and City People Nature and Self
Finding Nature
The Natural Conscience Reflections
The Foreground and the Background: Class
The Pursuit of the Inedible: Politics
The Mouse in the Sprinkler Pipe: Gender Resonance
The View from the Bell Tower Methods