Wow. Marjorie Kelly bowled me over. So much wisdom packed into such an enjoyable book.
Based on dozens of describes the reality of our current "extract...moreWow. Marjorie Kelly bowled me over. So much wisdom packed into such an enjoyable book.
Based on dozens of describes the reality of our current "extractive" economy and presents the opportunity to transition to a "generative" economy. Specifically, according to Kelly, "ownership is the gravitational field that holds our economy in its orbit, locking us all into behaviors that lead to financial excess and ecological overshoot." A new model of "generative ownership" on the other hand, can be the foundation for an economy that values life over the accumulation of capital.
I'm butchering the clarity of Kelly's writing with my long-winded description -- better really to just read the book yourself :)
Edited by one of my professors at MSU with pretty traditional rural sociology training. Some articles are better than others, but overall, collection...moreEdited by one of my professors at MSU with pretty traditional rural sociology training. Some articles are better than others, but overall, collection strikes a great balance on the agency-structure question and gives a good introduction to the contours of the sustainable food movement (mostly) in the US. Especially love Josee Johnston's article "Counterhegemony or Bourgeois Piggery? Food Politics and the Case of FoodShare."(less)
A gem of a book that's an inspiration for an activist-researcher interested in authentic inquiry as a way to live life and not just make a career. Tha...moreA gem of a book that's an inspiration for an activist-researcher interested in authentic inquiry as a way to live life and not just make a career. That research can be "humanly significant" and demonstrate not just truth, but also beauty... that is a powerful thing, and something that I will strive for. A word that Laurie doesn't really use, but that I would also apply to her work is "vulnerable" -- the personal nature of the narrative is vulnerable without being gratuitously confessional. Her honesty about background comes in doses that help to aid understanding and guide the reader, but don't distract from the broader themes.
Chapter Eight is especially helpful in its clear (but still beautiful) description of her methodology. I could sense the depth of care, study, feeling that went into the choices that she made. There was a peacefulness and grace in the writing that seemed to me like a peace earned through real struggle with her own identity as a researcher and approach to her site and situation.(less)
I'd like to hug Herr and Anderson for writing this book. I have been plagued by all kinds of doubts and insecurities, running around calling myself a...moreI'd like to hug Herr and Anderson for writing this book. I have been plagued by all kinds of doubts and insecurities, running around calling myself a "poor-excuse for a grad student" because of my commitment to prioritizing my work on-the-ground. I've read plenty on the various strands of Participatory Action Research (PAR) and done some reflection, but I still felt muddled.
The book speaks directly to doctoral students who embrace an action research paradigm. For me every page was like a sigh of relief: the clear framework to understand different approaches to PAR, concrete examples from other students who have "done it," and practical advice -- everything from dealing with dissertation committees to approaching IRB. I had gotten pretty far in thinking about my dissertation approach based purely on intuition and cobbling together my own reading, but this book gave me tools to organize my scattered thoughts.
It's going to be a lot of work, but now at least I know better where I'm going. (less)
The book is targeted towards psychologists, but has practical advice for any academic or graduate student who has ideas to communicate and needs to ge...moreThe book is targeted towards psychologists, but has practical advice for any academic or graduate student who has ideas to communicate and needs to get into a habit of writing them down. The ideas are not earth-shattering, but they are presented in a straightforward, no-nonsense manner that inspired me to action.
Silva writes in a light, easy-to-read, gently-teasing style that makes me want to follow his advice. His examples show that he practices what he preaches and that it's worked. He acknowledges that writing will never be "easy," but that it doesn't need to produce anxiety. On the contrary, it can be developed into a habit as mundane as flossing (if only I did that too).
He may have finally talked me out of some of my bad writing habits: making excuses, "binge" writing, and editing while I write. The proof will be in the next couple weeks...(less)