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Title Subsistence under capitalism : historical and contemporary perspectives / edited by James Murton, Dean Bavington, and Carly Dokis.

Publication Info. Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2016.

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Description 1 online resource.
Series McGill-Queen's rural, wildland, and resource studies series ; 4
McGill-Queen's rural, wildland, and resource studies series ; 4.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary "The complex relationship between subsistence practices and formal markets should be a growing matter of concern for those uneasy with the stark contrast between commercial and local food systems, especially since self-provisioning has never been limited to the margins. In fact, subsistence occupies a central space in local and global economies and networks. Bringing together essays from diverse disciplines to reflect on the meaning of subsistence in theory and in practice, in historical and contemporary contexts, in Canada and beyond, Subsistence under Capitalism offers a collective study on the ways in which local food systems have been repeatedly shoved into the shadows by the drive to establish and expand capitalist markets. Considering fishing, farming, and other forms of subsistence provisioning, the essays in this volume document the persistence of these practices despite capitalist government policies that actively seek to subsume them. Presenting viable alternatives to capitalist production and exchange, the contributors explain the critical interplay between politics, local provisioning, and the ultimate survival of society. Illuminating new kinds of engagements with nature and community, Subsistence under Capitalism looks behind the scenes of subsistence food provisioning to challenge the dominant economic thought of the modern world."-- Provided by publisher.
Contents Introduction: Why subsistence? / James Murton, Dean Bavington, and Carly Dokis -- The seeds of calculability: the home farms experiment on and off the books / Sarah J. Martin -- Blurring the boundaries: subsistence and recreational fisheries in late-nineteenth-century Ontario / William Knight -- Spinning flax in mills, households, and the Canadian state, 1850-1870 / Joshua MacFadyen -- Rural households, subsistence, and environment on the Canadian Shield, 1901-1940 / R.W. Sandwell -- Fishing for subsistence, sport, and sovereignty on Lake Nipissing / Nancy Pottery -- Aboriginal subsistence practices in an "isolated" region of Northern Alberta / Clinton N. Westman -- Working with fish in the shadows of sustainability / Jennifer Lee Johnson and Bakaaki Robert -- Rethinking the legacies of "subsistence thinking" / Michael J. Hathaway -- Alternative agriculture, the vernacular, and the MST: re-creating subsistence as the sustainable development of human rights / M. Jabi Chappell -- Research by people: a panel discussion on living subsistence locally / edited by Dean Bavington and Jennifer Hough Evans -- In defense of vernacular ways / Sajay Samuel -- On the semantics of theorizing the cause(s) of the shadows, or how to think about counting the differences between a wild edible mushroom and a super tanker, neither of which fits the commodity form / Colin A.M. Duncan -- Conclusion / James Murton, Dean Bavington, and Carly Dokis.
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Subject Subsistence economy -- Canada.
Local foods -- Economic aspects -- Canada.
Capitalism -- Canada.
Canada -- Economic conditions.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Added Author Murton, James Ernest, 1969- editor.
Bavington, Dean, 1973- editor.
Dokis, Carly A. (Carly Ann), 1978- editor.
Other Form: Print version: Subsistence under capitalism. McGill-Queen's rural, wildland, and resource studies series McGill-Queen's rural, wildland, and resource studies series ; (CaOONL)2016900872X
ISBN 9780773598775 (electronic bk.)
0773598774 (electronic bk.)