Contested Grounds: Essays on Nature, Culture, and Power

Hardcover | September 1, 2008

EditorAmita Baviskar

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This volume studies natural resources through the lens of cultural politics. It emphasizes the role of cultural politics and adds to the existing environmental debates. The essays allow us to think anew the taken-for-granted aspects of natural resources. Each article highlights a differentfacet of the natural resources debate. The term natural resources when examined along with such keywords as waste, scarcity, security, territory, sovereignty, conflict, expertise, and community opens up a distinctive world of meanings. These related keywords chart out the terrain of the culturalpolitics of natural resources.

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This volume studies natural resources through the lens of cultural politics. It emphasizes the role of cultural politics and adds to the existing environmental debates. The essays allow us to think anew the taken-for-granted aspects of natural resources. Each article highlights a differentfacet of the natural resources debate. The term...

Amita Baviskar is a sociologist at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:268 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.79 inPublished:September 1, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Acknowledgements1. Introduction: Contested Grounds: Nature, Culture and Power (Amita Baviskar)2. Water and Waste: Nature, Productivity, and Colonialism in the Indus Basin (David Gilmartin)3. Contexts and Constructions of Scarcity (Lyla Mehta)4. Environmental Insecurities: Geopolitics, Resources and Conflict (Simon Dalby)5. Investing in Nature around Sylhet: An Excursion into Geographical History (David Ludden)6. Economies of Violence: More Oil, More Blood (Michael Watts)7. Natural Resources and Capitalist Frontiers (Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing)8. Cultural Theory, Climate Change and Clumsiness (Michael Thompson)9. Whos in Charge? Reflections on the Worldwide Displacement of Democratic Judgement by Expert Assessments (Steve Rayner)10. Situating Resource Struggles: Concepts for Empirical Analysis (Tania Li)ReferencesNotes on contributorsIndex