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The Commons in History: Culture, Conflict, and Ecology

Derek Wall


This book explores the relationship between common pool property and resources, and ecological sustainability. The debate between Hardin, who developed the idea of the ‘tragedy of the commons’ and Elinor Ostrom who showed commons could be sustainable, is discussed. The enclosure of the commons is examined. The contribution of virtual commons, social sharing to reduce resource use and conservation via commons are all critically discussed. The need to link cultural change, political action and ecological ethics to protect future generations is examined.

Keywords: Common, Environmental History, Elinor Ostrom, Ecology, Green Politics, Culture, Foucault, Peer-to-Peer

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780262027212
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262027212.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek Wall, author

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