Culture, Nature, and Society in the Himalaya: Symbolic Ecologies
by Guneratne Arjun (9780415778831)

Culture, Nature, and Society in the Himalaya: Symbolic Ecologies
Guneratne Arjun
Release Date: 04 January 2010
Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
Categories: Political Science
Ethnic Studies
Human Geography
Publisher: Taylor and Francis
ISBN: 9780415778831
ISBN-10: 0415778832

This book is concerned with human-environment relations in the Himalaya. It explores how different populations and communities in the region understand or conceive of the concept of environment, how their concepts vary across lines of gender, class, age, status, and what this implies for policy makers in the fields of environmental conservation and development. The chapters in this book analyse the symbolic schema that shape human-environment relations, whether that of scientists studying the Himalayan environment, public officials crafting policy about it, or people making a living from their engagement with it, and the way that natural phenomena themselves shape human perception of the world.

A new approach to the study of the environment in South Asia, this book introduces the new thinking in environmental anthropology and geography into the study of the Himalaya and uses Himalayan ethnography to interrogate and critique contemporary theorizing about the environment.

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