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The Village and the World: My Life, Our Times
Maria Mies
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In this autobiography, Maria Mies packs in seventy-seven years of life: from the small German village of her childhood, to the world of the Indian subcontinent. Sociologist and Women’s Studies researcher, scholar, ecofeminist, and international activist, Maria Mies is one of the world’s original thinkers.

Maria Mies’ achievements include developing groundbreaking praxis and theory around the concept of “housewifisation”, the violence of colonisation and profound writings about ecofeminism. She fights the Multilateral Agreement of Investment, she fights the General Agreement on Trade in Services, she fights against the patenting of life and tackles reproductive and genetic engineering as well as food security, but she never gives up hope that there is an alternative to present day injustice and exploitation; that “the good life” is possible.

And Maria Mies never forgets her origins:

Despite all my travels around the world, I have never forgotten where I came from: from a peasant family in a small village. This not only helped me keep my feet on the ground, but also protected me from excessive romanticism and quixotic idealism. I know that the food doesn’t come from the supermarket but from the soil.

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This book by one of the world’s great feminist philosophers and visionary voices over the last four decades, offers us far more than personal autobiography, as engrossing as it is. For Maria Mies, there was never a separation between feminism and the other great struggles of recent years: against economic and social injustice, the ravages of globalized capital, the debilitating prejudices and controls of dominant religions, and the advancing assault on traditional, sustainable cultures and ways of life, including those of her own childhood in rural Germany.

Jerry Mander, Founder, International Forum on Globalization

A beautiful journey between two remote poles: The Self and the World. The subtle connection between facts and fiction, autobiography and novel, between the personal, the political, the economic, the historical, the global and local. This book by Maria Mies is inspiring and creative, I hope many people read it. 

Nawal El Saadawi

I am so glad Maria Mies has written the story of her life… Maria has carried the village in her mind and heart, taking this other imagination to an alienated and uprooted world. Her rootedness has given her the conceptual clarity most academics lack. And it is this clarity which is a gift to the world.

Vandana Shiva
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