Environmentality : Technologies of Government and the Making of Subjects (New Ecologies for the Twenty-First Century)
Arun AgrawalISBN: 0822334925;
Book DescriptionIn the northern Indian state of Kumaon, 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...
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