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Environmental Politics - People's Lives and Development Choices
Environmental Politics - People's Lives and Development Choices

Environmental Politics - People's Lives and Development Choices

by Sumi Krishna

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Language

English

Publisher

Sage Publications

ISBN

8170365511 - Year: 1996 - Pages: 303

Binding

Paperback

Sumi Krishna

Author: Sumi Krishna
Publisher: Sage Publications
Year: 1996
Language: English
Pages: 303
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8170365511

Description

This book is an original, thought-provoking and gender-sensitive enquiry into why environmentalism has not yet had a greater impact on people's lives or on development policy in India. Thoroughly researched, it covers a wide range of pertinent issues and adds a different perspective to the debate on environment in India.

In the relatively short period of two decades since the emergence of environmentalism as an organized movement in contemporary India, environmental advocacy has matured from protesting against environmental damage to questioning the very character and course of development.

While sharing the environmentalists’ concern about the direction of development, Sumi Krishna does not restate well-worn arguments against conventional development, but provides instead an introspective analysis of the environmental movement and debate. The book challenges several ideological assumptions relating to environmental issues (including the glorification of an ecologically harmonious past), and questions the effectiveness of environmentalism in dealing with complex problems such as population growth, technological choice and conflicts over the use of resources.

Stressing the premise that the environmental movement is not homogeneous and that it encompasses a diversity of views and ideological positions, the author identifies and analyses the different approaches to environment. Wide-ranging case-studies reflect the successes and limitations of both institutional management and populist ecology, and the roles that tradition, caste, women and local communities play in environmental issues are dispassionately analysed. The author does not offer simplistic solutions in conclusion, but urges that environmentalism should be directed towards a broader agenda aimed at progressive changes in the structure of society. Emphasizing that people’s lives and their interactions with the environment will change over time, she argues that environmentalism should extend the range of choices for the poor, not diminish them.

It constitutes an immensely useful resource for institutions, development policy makers and planers, professionals and researchers dealing with environmental issues, as well as for activists and the general reader.

Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments

Prelude: The Human Factor in Environment

PART I: A KALEIDOSCOPE OF APPROACHES

Development: Cause or Cure?

The Tug-of-War in Bastar

The Limitations of Management

Tradition: Nostalgia Will Not Do

Castes and Women: Nurturing Diversity?

The Community Participation Bandwagon

Peoples’ Moments

PART II: UNRESOLVED CONFLICTS:
PEOPLE, TECHNOLOGY AND RESOURCES

Population and the Environment

Technology and Development

Intensive Agriculture

Big Dams

The Business of Sustainable Development

PART III: AFTERWORD: SYMBOL AND STRUCTURE

Redirecting Environmentalism

References

Index

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