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Titel: Modernizing Nature: Forestry and Imperial Eco-Development 1800-1950
Autor/en: S. Ravi Rajan

ISBN: 0199277966
EAN: 9780199277964
Sprache: Englisch.
OXFORD UNIV PR

April 2006 - gebunden - 286 Seiten

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Modernizing Nature contributes to the debate regarding the origins, institutionalization, and politics of the sciences and systems of knowledge underlying colonial frameworks of environmental management. It departs from the widely prevalent scholarly perspective that colonial science can be
understood predominantly as a handmaiden of imperialism. Instead, it argues that the myriad "colonial" sciences had ideological and interventionist traditions distinct from each other and from the colonial bureaucracy and that these tensions better explain environmental politics and policy dilemmas
in the post-colonial era.
Professor Rajan argues that tropical forestry in the nineteenth century consisted of at least two distinct approaches towards nature, resource, and people; and what won out in the end was the Continental European forestry paradigm. Rajan also shows that science and scientists were relatively
marginal until the First World War. It was the acute scientific and resource crisis felt during the War, along with the rise of experts and expertise in Britain during that period and the lobby-politics of an organized empire-wide scientific community, that resulted in resource management regimes
such as forestry beginning to get serious state backing. Over time, considerable differences in approach and outlook towards policy emerged between different colonial scientific communities, such as foresters and agriculturists. These different colonial sciences represented different situated
knowledges, with different visions of nature, people, and empire, and in different configurations of power.
Finally Rajan demonstrates that the hegemony produced by these state-scientificregimes of resource-management during the period 1950-1990 produced not just social revolt, as recent historical work has demonstrated, but also intellectual protest. Consequently, the discipline of forestry became
systematically re-conceptualized, with new approaches to

Inhaltsverzeichnis

1. Introduction; 2. A Contract with Nature; 3. The Empire of Nature; 4. The Empire Strikes Back; 5. The Imperial Environmentalist; 6. The Contested Legacy; Appendices 1-4; Bibliography; Index

Portrait

S. Ravi Rajan gained his D Phil from the University of Oxford in 1995. He is currently Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of California.

Pressestimmen

Rajan's book is clearly a scholarly and significant contribution to the literature. The Geographical Review

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