The Bioregional Paradigm

Title

The Bioregional Paradigm

Description

Selected text and a table that appear in Kirkpatrick Sale's "Dwellers in the Land: The Bioregional Vision," a treatise on the bioregionalism subject. Although Peter Berg coined the term, Sale served as one of bioregionalism's leading theorists. In the text, he advocates not only for a profound, place-based connection, but also a different form of governance - or lack thereof. That is, he defines a bioregion as an area "governed by nature, not legislature." The bioregional paradigm rejected urbanization and encouraged people to "return to the land," often in the most physical sense of the phrase. Newspaper articles in the late 1980s included images of average Americans at work in their gardens, underscored with clever captions such as "Ron and Jane Grunt are sinking their roots in the Morongo Valley" (L.A. Times, Sept. 3 1987, Ann Japenga).

Creator

Kirkpatrick Sale

Source

Dwellers in the Land: The Bioregional Vision

Publisher

University of Georgia

Date

1985

Files

Citation

Kirkpatrick Sale, “The Bioregional Paradigm ,” Fifty Years of Green: An Environmental History of Middlebury College since 1965, accessed September 26, 2022, https://omeka.middlebury.edu/fyg/items/show/319.