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  • Preface vii

    Introduction / Paul Greenough and Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing 1

    Part I Scales, Logics, and Agents

    Tropical Knowledges

    The Natures of Culture: Environment and Race in the Colonial Tropics / Warwick Anderson 29

    Dividing Lines: Nature, Culture, and Commerce in Indonesia's Aru Islands, 1856-1997 / Charles Zerner 47

    A Move from Minor to Major: Competing Discourses of Nontimber Forest Products in India / Roger Jeffery and Nandini Sundar, with Abha Mishra, Neeraj Peter, and Pradeep J. Tharakan 79

    Rural Landscaping

    Forest Discourses in South and Southeast Asia: A Comparison with Global Discourses / Michael R. Dove 103

    Agrarian Allegory and Global Futures / Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing 124

    Foreign Trees: Lives and Landscapes in Rajasthan / Ann Grodzins Gold 170

    Part II Toward Livable Environments: Compromises and Campaigns

    States of Nature / States in Nature

    Pathogens, Pugmarks, and Political "Emergency": The 1970s South Asian Debate on Nature / Paul Greenough 201

    Territorializing Local Struggles for Resource Control; A Look at Environmnetal Discourses and Politics in Indonesia / Nancy Lee Peluso 231

    Scientific Forestry and Geneaologies of Development in Bengal / K. Sivaramakrishnan 253

    Uneasy Allies

    Tribal Politics and Discourses of Indian Environmentalism / Amita Baviskar 289

    Voices for the Borneo Rain Forest: Writing the History of an Environmental Campaign / J. Peter Brosius 319

    Practical Spirituality and Community Forests: Monks, Ritual, and Radical Conservatism in Thailand / Susan M. Darlington 347

    Bibliography 367

    Contributors 411

    Index 413
  • Paul Greenough

    Warwick Anderson

    Charles Zerner

    Roger Jeffrey

    Michael R. Dove

    Gold, Ann Grodzins

    Nancy Lee Peluso

    K. Sivaramakrishnan

    Amita Baviskar

    J. Peter Brosius

    Susan M. Darlington

    Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

    Nandini Sundar

  • “Bringing together insights from cultural studies, critical anthropology, and environmental history, this collection provides a robust rethinking of regionalism in South and Southeast Asia. Nature in the Global South makes crucial contributions to the emerging interdisciplinary field of the cultural politics of environmental struggles, assembling an impressive array of acclaimed scholars.”—Donald S. Moore, coeditor of Race, Nature, and the Politics of Difference — N/A

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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.

    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

    About The Author(s)

    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 19431944 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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