"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 mobilisation and organisation 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 emphasise 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.
Arun Agrawal is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University. He is the author of "Greener Pastures: Politics, Markets, and Community among a Migrant Pastoral People, "also published by Duke University Press.K. Sivaramakrishnan is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Washington and author of "Modern Forests: Statemaking and Environmental Change in Colonial Eastern India."
Contributors: Mark Baker Molly Chattopadhyaya, Indian Statistical Institute Vinay Gidwani, University of Minnesota Sumit Guha Shubhra Gururani, York University, Ontario Cecile Jackson, University of East Anglia David Ludden, University of Pennsylvania Haripriya Rangan, Monash University Paul Robbins, Ohio State University Vasant Saberwal James C. Scott, Yale University Ajay Skaria, College of Liberal Arts, Minneapolis Jennifer Springer, World Wildlife Fund Darren Zook
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