Ecologies of Comparison: An Ethnography of Endangerment in Hong Kong (Experimental Futures)

Ecologies of Comparison: An Ethnography of Endangerment in Hong Kong (Experimental Futures)

By: Timothy Choy (author)Paperback

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A rich ethnography of ecopolitics in Hong Kong in the late 1990s, as the region shifted to Chinese sovereignty, Ecologies of Comparison describes how ecological concepts of uniqueness and scale resonated among environmentalists, including those seeking to preserve a species of white dolphin, to protect an aging fishing village from redevelopment, and to legitimize air quality as an object of political and medical concern. During his research, Tim Choy became increasingly interested in the power of the notion of specificity. While documenting the expert and lay production of Hong Kong's biological, cultural, and political specificities, he began comparing the logics and narrative forms that made different types of specificity-such as species, culture, locality, and state autonomy-possible and meaningful. He came to understand these logics and forms as "ecologies of comparison," conceptual practices through which an event or form of life comes to matter in environmentalist and other political terms. Choy's ethnography is about environmentalism, Hong Kong, and the ways that we think about environmentalism in Hong Kong and other places. It is also about how politics, freedom, culture, expertise, and other concepts figure in comparison-based knowledge practices.

About Author

Tim Choy is Associate Professor in the Science and Technology Studies Program and the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis.


Acknowledgments vii Note on Transliteration xi 1. Problems of a Political Nature 1 Passions 19 2. Endangerment 23 Slow 51 3. Specific Life 53 Chess 73 4. Articulated Knowledges 76 Hair 106 5. Earthly Vocations 109 Hiking 137 6. Air's Substantiations 139 Notes 169 Bibliography 185 Index 199

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  • ISBN13: 9780822349525
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9780822349525
  • ISBN10: 0822349523

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