Biodivinity and Biodiversity: The Limits to Religious Environmentalism by Emma Tomalin | 9780754655886 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
Biodivinity and Biodiversity: The Limits to Religious Environmentalism

Biodivinity and Biodiversity: The Limits to Religious Environmentalism

by Emma Tomalin
     
 

ISBN-10: 0754655881

ISBN-13: 9780754655886

Pub. Date: 07/06/2009

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

This book is concerned with the argument that religious traditions are inherently environmentally friendly. Yet in a developing country such as India, the majority of people cannot afford to put the 'Earth first'
regardless of the extent to which this idea can be supported by their religious traditions. Does this mean that the linking of religion and environmental

Overview

This book is concerned with the argument that religious traditions are inherently environmentally friendly. Yet in a developing country such as India, the majority of people cannot afford to put the 'Earth first'
regardless of the extent to which this idea can be supported by their religious traditions. Does this mean that the linking of religion and environmental concerns is a strategy more suited to contexts where people have a level of material security that enables them to think and act like environmentalists? This question is approached through a series of case studies from Britain and India. The book concludes that there is a tension between the
'romantic' ecological discourse common among many western activists and scholars, and a more pragmatic approach, which is often found in India. The adoption of environmental causes by the Hindu Right in India makes it difficult to distinguish genuine concern for the environment from the broader politics surrounding the idea of a Hindu rashtra (nation). This raises a further level of analysis, which has not been provided in other studies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780754655886
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/06/2009
Pages:
230

Table of Contents

Contents: Foreword; Introduction; The religious environmentalist mode of religion; The prehistory of contemporary environmentalism; Environmentalisms: a comparative approach; Religious environmentalism and environmental direct action in Britain; Hinduism and the environment: radical to world religions approach; Religious environmentalism in India; Conclusion; Appendix; Bibliography; Index.

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