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

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Arun Agrawal is associate professor in the School of Natural Resources and the Environment at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
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“Arun Agrawal achieves, in Environmentality, something of a breakthrough to new analytical territory where the binaries of state and society, structure and agency, public and private are transcended. He parlays the humble subject of community-based forestry and Foucault’s concept of ‘governmentality’ into the makings of an original and subtle analysis of modernity and nature.”—James C. Scott, Yale University

“Arun Agrawal has written an amazing book that draws on a very-long-term case study to make general lessons. He analyzes the development of the mentality of citizens and officials related to the environment in a particular setting undergoing major shifts from centralization to a form of decentralization. All of us can take some important lessons from this book about how people’s mentalities change when they have power and knowledge to cope with a problem. That shift in knowledge and power took time and effort, but is one of the rare success stories of recent history.”—Elinor Ostrom, coeditor of Seeing the Forest and the Trees: Human-Environment Interactions in Forest Ecosystems

Sarah Strauss

Environmentality offers readers in the fields of anthropology, environmental studies, and history a useful and interesting case study. . . . Environmentality is an excellent piece of scholarship, and a valuable addition to the fields of environmental anthropology and history, as well as to the general literature on colonial and postcolonial India.”
Michael Mascarenhas

"[A] particularly useful and timely piece of scholarship as it attempts to transgress what are often distant and diverse literatures. This book helps to shed light on the connections between environmental regulation, practice and subjectivity. And in that way, this book illustrates the complexity and connectivity of environmental conflicts and struggles that are often overlooked by more limited or constrained analytical approaches. The book is very clearly organized and well written. . . ."
Gregory Barton

"[I]interesting. . . . The strength of the book lies in its exploration of agency among the local populations and the serious treatment of the culture that environmental regulation affects. . . . This book offers an insightful critique of the assumptions that both the state and peasant resistance are monolithic . . . and provides a useful starting point to understand the phenomena of community forestry that governments are implementing around the world."
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780822334927
  • Publisher: Duke University Press Books
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: New Ecologies for the Twenty-First Century Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 344
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Arun Agrawal is Associate Professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. He is the author of Greener Pastures: Politics, Markets, and Community among a Migrant Pastoral People and a coeditor of Agrarian Environments: Resources, Representations, and Rule in India, both also published by Duke University Press.

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction : the politics of nature and the making of environmental subjects 1
Pt. 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
Pt. 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
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