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Buying Time and Getting By
The Voluntary Simplicity Movement
Buying Time and Getting By
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Mary Grigsby - Author
Price: $59.50 
Hardcover - 232 pages
Release Date: January 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-5999-3
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-5999-7

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Paperback - 232 pages
Release Date: January 2004
ISBN10: 0-7914-6000-2
ISBN13: 978-0-7914-6000-9

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An exploration of the voluntary simplicity movement including comments from simple livers and a look at class, race, and gender in this movement.

Buying Time and Getting By
provides a detailed account of the voluntary simplicity movement, which took off in the United States in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The concept of voluntary simplicity encompasses both self-change aimed at bringing personal practice into alignment with ecological values and cultural change that rejects consumerist values and careerism. While simple livers struggle with self-change, they work toward the broader goals of a sustainable global environment, sustainable communities, increased equality in access to resources, and economies aimed at human quality of life rather than profit. Author Mary Grigsby looks inside the movement at the daily lives of participants and includes their own accounts of their efforts. She also uses reflexive empirical analysis to explore race, class, and gender in relation to the movement. The influence of the dominant culture and institutionalized power in shaping the movement are balanced with the importance of participants' dynamic identity work.

Buying Time and Getting By enriches the debate on what is ‘new’ or rather ‘not new’ about social movements. At the same time [the book] improves researchers’ sensitivity to the grounded theory, and shows that stories, narratives, and discourses play a prominent role in understanding cultural movements.” — Mobilization

"I was drawn in almost immediately. This is a well-written conversation between the author's perceptions and experiences of the movement and academic literature, particularly on consumerism; social movements; cultural theory; and race, class, and gender." — Cynthia Negrey, author of Gender, Time, and Reduced Work

Mary Grigsby is Associate Professor of Rural Sociology at the University of Missouri at Columbia.


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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

1. Voluntary Simplicity: A Cultural Movement

2. The Ecological Ethic and the Spirit of Voluntary Simplicity

3. Getting a Life: Constructing a Moral Identity in the Voluntary Simplicity Movement

4. Gendered Visions of Process, Power, and Community in the Voluntary Simplicity Movement

5. Looking into the Shadows: The Politics of Class, Gender, and Race/Ethnicity in the Voluntary Simplicity Movement

6. New Tools and Old: Transformation and Reproduction in the Voluntary Simplicity Movement

Appendix: Selected Voluntary Simplicity Resources

Notes

Bibliography

Index



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