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The Agrarian VisionSustainability and Environmental Ethics$
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Paul B. Thompson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780813125879

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813125879.001.0001

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Farming as a Focal Practice

Farming as a Focal Practice

(p.111) Chapter 5 Farming as a Focal Practice
The Agrarian Vision

Paul B. Thompson

University Press of Kentucky

A focal practice is generally the resolute and singular dedication to a focal thing. Focal things and focal practices encompass a broad array of objects and activities that give meaning to people's lives. Citizens of socialist and capitalist societies alike feel trapped in an order of life dictated by the terms of technological production, distribution, and consumption. Focal things and focal practices may be inefficient means for producing a simple thing such as home heating, but they have a hidden value in the way their pursuit creates meaning and substance as a by-product. The hearth is thus what Borgmann calls a focal thing, and the heat it produces is but one of many products yielded by the material practices of tending the hearth.

Keywords:   focal practice, socialist, consumption, hearth, focal thing

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