Friday, 6 March 2015
Localising the economy in Totnes (dissertation)
Among the alternatives currently being suggested to economies focused on growth is a transition to localisation; smaller local economies, requiring less production and consumption. This dissertation focuses on attempts to implement localisation in the small market town of Totnes, in the United Kingdom. This town is the founding home of the Transition movement, a community activist organisation which promotes economic localisation as one route towards lowering carbon emissions and creating more resilient, self-reliant and environmentally sustainable communities. The localisation promoted by Transition has become a visible alternative economic option for the population in Totnes, and the economic practices which result are more intentionally, overtly and consciously socially embedded.