A new world is emerging under the rusted structures of the nation-state
Catalonia, Scotland, Quebec, Flanders, the Basque Country may soon be sovereign and independent states. The process of breaking up the large Western states into ecologically and socially meaningful political communities may have just started and could lead to a more democratic and sustainable world system.
In Habitat: The Ecopolitical Nation, the Catalan author Ignasi Ribó develops a new and original theory of the nation, in order to show that there is indeed a real alternative to the model of the nation-state and to the modern project of building increasingly larger states. The habitat-nation, founded on the inhabitants' deliberate choice of living together and on the ecoliberal principles of justice, could well be the theoretical framework for this new world that is just starting to emerge, both in Europe and in America.
Table of Contents
1. The Bear and the Stork: a Fable
2. What is a Habitat-nation?
3. Habit or the Animal
4. Habitation or Dwelling
5. Inhabitants or Dwellers
6. Habitat or the Nation
7. Ecoliberal Principles of Justice
8. A Community of Free Inhabitants
9. Inhabiting the World
10. The Future of Habitat-nations
About the author
Ignasi Ribó is a Catalan writer, born in Barcelona in 1971. He is doctor of philosophy from the University of Sussex and holds graduate degrees in Business, Political Science and Literary Theory. He is the author of several books of fiction and nonfiction. He has worked in investment banking, international aid, consulting and teaching.
You can find more at www.ignasiribo.com.
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Title: Habitat: The Ecopolitical Nation
Author: Ignasi Ribó
Publisher: Mycelia Books (London)
Date of publication: 1 October 2012
Dimensions: 216 x 140 mm
ISBN (paperback): 9780957419100
ISBN (ebook): 9780957419117