I recently took a ride down to Princeton, NJ to see a talk given by a woman named Shannon Hayes. It was about what she calls Radical Homemaking, or Enlightened Homemaking. Radical Homemakers are those who eschew many modern conveniences ("necessities") and choose instead to live a simple, low-tech lifestyle. In her research that led her to write a book about these Enlightened Homemakers, she has found that people can follow this lifestyle anywhere - in a city, in the suburbs, on a farm, in a highrise. It is not necessarily about being a "back-to-the-land" type (though I'd say that those types are well-represented among the members of this movement), but about finding ways to practice self-sufficiency whenever and however possible.
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