Environmentality: Technologies of Government and the Making of Subjects / Edition 1

Environmentality: Technologies of Government and the Making of Subjects / Edition 1

by Arun Agrawal
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0822334925

ISBN-13: 9780822334927

Pub. Date: 04/06/2005

Publisher: Duke University Press Books

In Kumaon in northern India, villagers set hundreds of forest fires in the early 1920s, protesting the colonial British state’s regulations to protect the environment. Yet by the 1990s, they had begun to conserve their forests carefully. In his innovative historical and political study, Arun Agrawal analyzes this striking transformation. He describes and

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In Kumaon in northern India, villagers set hundreds of forest fires in the early 1920s, protesting the colonial British state’s regulations to protect the environment. Yet by the 1990s, they had begun to conserve their forests carefully. In his innovative historical and political study, Arun Agrawal analyzes this striking transformation. He describes and explains the emergence of environmental identities and changes in state-locality relations and shows how the two are related. In so doing, he demonstrates that scholarship on common property, political ecology, and feminist environmentalism can be combined—in an approach he calls environmentality—to better understand changes in conservation efforts. Such an understanding is relevant far beyond Kumaon: local populations in more than fifty countries are engaged in similar efforts to protect their environmental resources.

Agrawal brings environment and development studies, new institutional economics, and Foucauldian theories of power and subjectivity to bear on his ethnographical and historical research. He visited nearly forty villages in Kumaon, where he assessed the state of village forests, interviewed hundreds of Kumaonis, and examined local records. Drawing on his extensive fieldwork and archival research, he shows how decentralization strategies change relations between states and localities, community decision makers and common residents, and individuals and the environment. In exploring these changes and their significance, Agrawal establishes that theories of environmental politics are enriched by attention to the interconnections between power, knowledge, institutions, and subjectivities.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822334927
Publisher:
Duke University Press Books
Publication date:
04/06/2005
Series:
New Ecologies for the Twenty-First Century
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
344
Sales rank:
1,187,774
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

About the Series ix

Preface and Acknowledgments xi

1. Introduction: The Politics of Nature and the Making of Environmental Subjects 1

Part I: Power/Knowledge and the Creation of Forests 25

2. Forests of Statistics: Colonial Environmental Knowledges 32

3. Struggles over Kumaon's Forests, 1815–1916 65

Part II: A New Technology of Environmental Government: Politics, Institutions, and Subjectivities 87

4. Governmentalized Localities: The Dispersal of Regulation 101

5. Inside the Regulatory Community 127

6. Making Environmental Subjects: Intimate Government 164

7. Conclusion: The Analytics of Environmentality 201

Notes 231

Bibliography 279

Index 309

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