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Ecology and Equity : The Use and Abuse of Nature in Contemporary India - Madhav Gadgil

Ecology and Equity

The Use and Abuse of Nature in Contemporary India

Paperback Published: 26th October 1995
ISBN: 9780415125246
Number Of Pages: 224

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"Ecology and Equity" presents a provocative interpretation of the environment debate in a large, diverse and vitally important Third World country. Its focus is not so much on the extent of environmental degradation in India, but on its manifold human consequences. The book uses an original theoretical framework for making sense of what is, from an ecological point of view, undoubtedly the most complex society in the world.
The authors divide this society into three categories--omnivores, ecosystem people and ecological refugees--and the processes of environmental degradation and social conflict are analyzed in terms of inequities in access to natural resources of the competing classes. The book then turns from analysis to prescription, arguing for an environment-friendly agenda for development. The principles of this agenda are developed for several key sectors, such as forestry, information and population.
"Ecology and Equity" provides the first analytically sophisticated and empirically grounded interpretation of environmental degradation and social conflict in India, innovatively combining political economy with ecology and emphasizing a forward looking agenda for environmental reform in the Third World.

List of plates
Acknowledgements
UNRISD
Introductionp. 1
The India that is
Cornering the Benefitsp. 9
Passing on the Costsp. 34
A Cauldron of Conflictsp. 61
Ideologies of Environmentalismp. 98
The India that might be
Conservative-Liberal-Socialismp. 115
Knowledge of the People, by the People, for the Peoplep. 133
What are Forests for?p. 148
Is there Safety in Numbers?p. 176
Resources of Hopep. 184
Glossary of words in Indian languagesp. 192
Glossary of words referring to Indian communitiesp. 195
Bibliographyp. 196
Indexp. 204
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ISBN: 9780415125246
ISBN-10: 0415125243
Series: Note Series; 223
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 224
Published: 26th October 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52
Edition Number: 1

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