Shifting Ground: People, Animals, and Mobility in India's Environmental History by Mahesh RangarajanShifting Ground: People, Animals, and Mobility in India's Environmental History by Mahesh Rangarajan

Shifting Ground: People, Animals, and Mobility in India's Environmental History

EditorMahesh Rangarajan, Kalyanakrishnan Sivaramakrishnan

Hardcover | November 3, 2014

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Environmental history of India has developed as an important field of inquiry in the last twenty-five years. While providing major insights, the existing scholarship has primarily focused on drawing sharp lines of distinction - those between geographical spaces (forest, rivers, farms), people(herders, farmers, townspeople), eras (colonial, post-colonial), and so on. The limitations of these sharp divides are brought to the forefront when there is a critical engagement with the region's contested environmental past.Shifting Ground brings together an array of essays that pose critical questions regarding India's environmental past and the way it has been approached by scholars. From debunking the idea of a primeval, pristine forest cover, to analysing the dynamics that shape human-animal relations, to examiningthe conflicts created by post-Independence projects of rural development and conservation-this volume touches upon the various aspects of environmental studies and juxtaposes them with social history, history of science and technology, and history of trade and culture.Drawing on original case studies the book not only explores the past, but also portrays how its traditions are often invoked to be deployed in contemporary conflicts - those that are often aggravated by the pressures on natural assets created by the recent prosperity and the vaulting aspirations ofa rapidly expanding Indian middle class.
Mahesh Rangarajan is Director, Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, New Delhi and former Professor of Modern History, University of Delhi. K. Sivaramakrishnan is Dinakar Singh Professor of India and South Asian Studies at Yale University, Connecticut. He is also Professor of Anthropology, Professor of Forestry and Environmental Studies...
Title:Shifting Ground: People, Animals, and Mobility in India's Environmental HistoryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:308 pagesPublished:November 3, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements1. Mahesh Rangarajan and K. Sivaramakrishnan: Introduction: People, Animals, and Mobility in India's Environmental History2. Kathleen Morrison: Conceiving Ecology and Stopping the Clock: Narratives of Balance, Loss, and Degradation3. Shibani Bose: From Eminence to Near Extinction: The Journey of the Greater One-horned Rhino4. Divyabhanusinh: Lions, Cheetahs, and Others in the Mughal Landscape5. Julie Hughes: Environmental Status and Wild Boar in Princely India6. Brian Caton: The Imperial Ambition of Science and Its Discontents: Animal Breeding in Nineteenth-Century Punjab7. Arupjyoti Saikia: Making Room Inside Forests: Grazing and Agrarian Conflicts in Colonial Assam8. Daniel Klingensmith: Nature and Politics at the End of the Raj: Environmental Management and Political Legitimacy in Late Colonial India, 1919-479. Radhika Govindrajan: How to Be Hindu in the Himalayas: Conflicts over Animal Sacrifice in Uttarakhand10. Vikramaditya Thakur: Logjam: Loss of Commons in Mewas from 1930 Onwards11. Ghazala Shahabuddin: The 'Tiger Crisis' and the Response: Reclaiming the Wilderness in Sariska Tiger Reserve, RajasthanSelect BibliographyAbout the Editors and ContributorsIndex