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The Politics of Gratitude : Scale, Place & Community in a Global Age - Mark T. Mitchell

The Politics of Gratitude

Scale, Place & Community in a Global Age

Hardcover Published: 28th December 2012
ISBN: 9781597976633
Number Of Pages: 256

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Many Americans are longing for an alternative politics that is rooted in strong communities, a recognition of limits, and respect for the natural world. These issues are not the possession of one political party. Rather, they refer to ideas rooted deeply in the best aspects of our common tradition, and they represent yearnings that many, regardless of political affiliation, share. This book articulates a cultural and political vision that leads off the couch and into the garden, out of the shopping mall and into the farmer?s market, away from Washington and in the direction of home. In this postpartisan call to action, Mitchell develops the concept of the ?politics of gratitude,? which is centered around four ideas: creatureliness, gratitude, human scale, and place, culminating in a distinctive, fruitful view of human nature and community at odds with the prevailing norms of individualism (and, not so paradoxically, statism), giantism, and hypermobility. Going beyond the liberal-conservative factionalism that has reduced our political and cultural discourse to clich?s and vitriol, he urges us to become responsible stewards of the earth who are committed to family and community and who abide in gratitude, taking nothing for granted.The result is a political and cultural vision that is at once local, limited, modest, republican, green?and grateful. AUTHOR: Mark T. Mitchell teaches political theory at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia. In March 2009, with Chelsea Green author Bill Kauffman and a handful of other men and women, he cofounded the online blog/zine Front Porch Republic. Mitchell is the author of the intellectual biography Michael Polanyi: The Art of Knowing and coeditor of The Humane Vision of Wendell Berry. He lives in Kearneysville, West Virginia. SELLING POINTS: Identifies crucial elements that are missing from our political dialogue and demonstrates how their omission keeps us from focusing on what is truly important Argues that neither the Left nor the Right, as now constituted, are capable of leading us toward a more just, healthy, and sustainable society

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-Anyone frustrated with the dead-end politics of contemporary liberalism and conservatism, with their rote formulas and empty pieties, will cherish Mark T. Mitchell's plainspoken, profound book. One of the rising stars of a new generation of alternative conservative political theorists and cultural critics, Mitchell both thinks and writes with an engaging clarity that is illuminating, convincing, and at times even exhilarating. The Politics of Gratitude comes from somewhere between the Athenian agora and a front porch in Kentucky.---Rod Dreher, senior editor of the American Conservative and author of Crunchy Cons: The New Conservative Counterculture and Its Return to Roots--Rod Dreher

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
The Concepts
Creatures: Limits and Dependencep. 3
Gratitude: A Creature's Lovep. 17
Human Scale: Propriety in Our Livesp. 39
Place: The Allure of Homep. 57
The Consequences
Politics: The Art of Freedomp. 75
Economics: Private Property and the Virtues of Freedomp. 101
The Natural World: Living in a Creationp. 129
Family: The Cradle of Gratitudep. 149
Education: The Place of the Liberal Artsp. 173
Conclusion: The Neighborly Artsp. 193
Notesp. 199
Bibliographyp. 205
Indexp. 211
About the Authorp. 215
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ISBN: 9781597976633
ISBN-10: 1597976636
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 28th December 2012
Publisher: Potomac Books Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.5

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