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Green Zones from Above and Below: A Retrospective and Cautionary Tale

  • Charles GeislerEmail author
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Abstract

This chapter acknowledges the antipodal nature of red and green zones while cautioning against casting green zones as a uniform response to human or ‘natural’ disturbances. Land allotments for gardening and farming are staple green zone behaviors and have deep historical roots. Carefully considered, these roots reveal that green zones originate from above, as social control, as well as from below to protect citizens and subjects against state misadventures, industrial dystopias, land enclosures, and environmental crises. The chapter seeks to show that green zone land policies can be top-down or bottom-up, are historically contingent, and will continue to evolve and hybridize as they have done in the past.

Keywords

Homesteading Military allotments Resistance Green zones Anarchism 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Development Sociology, College of Agriculture and Life SciencesCornell UniversityIthacaUSA

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