Nature in the Global South: Environmental Projects in South and Southeast Asia

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Paul Greenough, Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
Duke University Press, Aug 29, 2003 - Business & Economics - 428 pages
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A nuanced look at how nature has been culturally constructed in South and Southeast Asia, Nature in the Global South is a major contribution to understandings of the politics and ideologies of environmentalism and development in a postcolonial epoch. Among the many significant paradigms for understanding both the preservation and use of nature in these regions are biological classification, state forest management, tropical ecology, imperial water control, public health, and community-based conservation. Focusing on these and other ways that nature has been shaped and defined, this pathbreaking collection of essays describes projects of exploitation, administration, science, and community protest.

With contributors based in anthropology, ecology, sociology, history, and environmental and policy studies, Nature in the Global South features some of the most innovative and influential work being done in the social studies of nature. While some of the essays look at how social and natural landscapes are created, maintained, and transformed by scientists, officials, monks, and farmers, others analyze specific campaigns to eradicate smallpox and save forests, waterways, and animal habitats. In case studies centered in the Philippines, India, Pakistan, Thailand, Indonesia, and South and Southeast Asia as a whole, contributors examine how the tropics, the jungle, tribes, and peasants are understood and transformed; how shifts in colonial ideas about the landscape led to extremely deleterious changes in rural well-being; and how uneasy environmental compromises are forged in the present among rural, urban, and global allies.

Contributors:
Warwick Anderson
Amita Baviskar
Peter Brosius
Susan Darlington
Michael R. Dove
Ann Grodzins Gold
Paul Greenough
Roger Jeffery
Nancy Peluso
K. Sivaramakrishnan
Nandini Sundar
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing
Charles Zerner

  

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Contents

Paul Greenough and Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing I Introduction
1
PARTI Scales Logics and Agents
18
Environment
29
Nature Culture and Commerce
47
Roger Jeffery and Nandini Sundar with Abha Mishra
79
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing I Agrarian Allegory and Global Futures
124
Lives and Landscapes
170
Nancy Lee Peluso I Territorializing Local Struggles for Resource
231
Development in Bengal
253
Amita Baviskar I Tribal Politics and Discourses of Indian
289
Writing
319
Bibliography
367
Contributors
411
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Paul Greenough is Professor in the Departments of History and Community and Behavioral Health at the University of Iowa. He is the author of Prosperity and Misery in Modern Bengal: The Famine of 1943-1944 and the editor of "Global Immunization and Culture: Compliance and Resistance in Large-Scale Public Health Campaigns," a special issue of Social Science and Medicine.

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California, Santa Cruz. She is the author of In the Realm of the Diamond Queen: Marginality in an Out-of-the-Way Place and coeditor of Uncertain Terms: Negotiating Gender in American Culture.

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