Agrarian Environments: Resources, Representations, and Rule in India

Agrarian Environments: Resources, Representations, and Rule in India

by Arun Agrawal
     
 


Agrarian Environments questions the dichotomies that have structured earlier analyses of environmental processes in India and offers a new way of looking at the relationship between agrarian transformation and environmental change. The contributors claim that attempts to explain environmental conflicts in terms of the local versus the global, indigenousSee more details below

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Agrarian Environments questions the dichotomies that have structured earlier analyses of environmental processes in India and offers a new way of looking at the relationship between agrarian transformation and environmental change. The contributors claim that attempts to explain environmental conflicts in terms of the local versus the global, indigenous versus outsiders, women versus men, or the community versus the market or state obscure vital dynamics of mobilization and organization that critically influence thought and policy.
Editors Arun Agrawal and K. Sivaramakrishnan claim that rural social change in India cannot be understood without exploring how environmental changes articulate major aspects of agrarian transformations—technological, cultural, and political—in the last two centuries. In order to examine these issues, they have reached beyond the confines of single disciplinary allegiances or methodological loyalties to bring together anthropologists, historians, political scientists, geographers, and environmental scientists who are significantly informed by interdisciplinary research. Drawing on extensive field and archival research, the contributors demonstrate the powerful political implications of blurring the boundaries between dichotomous cultural representations, combine conceptual analyses with specific case studies, and look at why competing powers chose to emphasize particular representations of land use or social relations. By providing a more textured analysis of how categories emerge and change, this work offers the possibility of creating crucial alliances across populations that have historically been assumed to lack mutual goals.
Agrarian Environments will be valuable to those in political science, Asian studies, and environmental studies.

Contributors. Arun Agrawal, Mark Baker, Molly Chattopadhyaya, Vinay Gidwani, Sumit Guha, Shubhra Gururani, Cecile Jackson, David Ludden, Haripriya Rangan, Paul Robbins, Vasant Saberwal, James C. Scott, K. Sivaramakrishnan, Ajay Skaria, Jennifer Springer, Darren Zook

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822325550
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
10/28/2000
Pages:
328
Product dimensions:
6.32(w) x 9.35(h) x 1.08(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Agrarian Environments1
State Economic Policies and Changing Regional Landscapes in the Uttrakhand Himalaya, 1818-194723
Colonial Influences on Property, Community, and Land Use in Kangra, Himachal Pradesh47
Environmental Alarm and Institutionalized Conservation in Himachal Pradesh, 1865-199468
State Power and Agricultural Transformation in Tamil Nadu86
Famine in the Landscape: Imagining Hunger in South Asian History, 1860-1990107
Economic Rents and Natural Resources: Commons and Conflicts in Premodern India132
Identities and Livelihoods: Gender, Ethnicity, and Nature in a South Bihar Village147
Regimes of Control, Strategies of Access: Politics of Forest Use in the Uttarakhand Himalaya, India170
Pastoralism and Community in Rajasthan: Interrogating Categories of Arid Lands Development191
Labored Landscapes: Agro-ecological Change in Central Gujarat, India216
Agrarian Histories and Grassroots Development in South Asia251
Cathecting the Natural265
Bibliography277
Contributors303
Index307

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