Living Off-Grid in Wales

Eco-Villages in Policy and Practice

Author(s): Elaine Forde

Language: English

Genre(s): Social Policy and Law

  • November 2020 · 224pages · 216x138mm

  • ·Paperback - 9781786836588
  • · eBook - epub - 9781786836601
  • · eBook - mobi - 9781786836618
  • · eBook - pdf - 9781786836595

About The Book

Living Off-grid in Wales examines the new policy context for off-grid rural development by contrasting the policy approach with the activist version of going off-grid. The examples examined in the book feed into much broader debates about the possibility of planning for sustainable development. This book brings clarity to the notion of off-grid by examining two main case studies (supplemented by other ethnographic data) that do off-grid very differently to each other. The policy context that is examined in the book is distinctive to Wales – it is novel to see a planning policy that not only incorporates, but insists on off-grid. The book pivots on this contradiction: if planning (as is thought) is about the spatial reproduction of society, then why should it encourage autonomy from these systems? The ethnographic case studies also comprise an ethnography of rural Wales, and the book’s focus on alternative communities brings a fresh perspective to the anthropological literature on community by considering off-grid as a new form of radical social assemblage.


List of Illustrations
0 Introduction
1 Wales
2 Y Mynydd: A Village off the Grid
3 Tir y Gafel: A Model Village
4 More Problems with Community
5 Living Off-grid: Towards a Material Culture
6 OPD: Policy in Practice
7 Concluding Remarks

About the Author(s)

Elaine Forde

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