How Much Should a Person Consume?
Environmentalism in India and the United States
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How Much Should a Person Consume? by Ramachandra Guha
Book DescriptionBased on research conducted over two decades, this accessible and deeply felt book provides a provocative comparative history of environmentalism in two large ecologically and culturally diverse democracies--India and the United States. Ramachandra Guha takes as his point of departure the dominant environmental philosophies in these two countries--identified as "agrarianism" in India and "wilderness thinking" in the U.S. Proposing an inclusive "social ecology" framework that goes beyond these partisan ideologies, Guha arrives at a richer understanding of controversies over large dams, state forests, wildlife reserves, and more. He offers trenchant critiques of privileged and isolationist proponents of conservation, persuasively arguing for biospheres that care as much for humans as for other species. He also provides profiles of three remarkable environmental thinkers and activists--Lewis Mumford, Chandi Prasad Bhatt, and Madhav Gadgil. Finally, the author asks the fundamental environmental question--how much should a person or country consume?--and explores a range of answers. Copub: Permanent Black
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780520248052
(229mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: University of California Press
Publisher: University of California Press
Publish Date: 31-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Ramachandra Guha
Gandhi Before India, Paperback (October 2014)
Explores the many facets of Gandhi's life and struggles. This book is drawn from many sources located in archives across four continents. It features personality and politics of Mohandas Gandhi.
This Fissured Land, Paperback (September 2014)
This book presents an interpretative ecological history of the Indian subcontinent. Using a general theory of ecological history, the authors provide a fresh interpretation of India's history, including an ecological account of the caste system and a sociological analysis of resource use. The Second Edition comes with a new Preface by the authors.
Makers of Modern India, Paperback (October 2013)
Modern India is the world's largest democracy, a sprawling, polyglot nation containing one-sixth of all humankind. This book collects the writings of nineteen of India's foremost thinker-activists, ranging from legends like Gandhi and Nehru to pioneering subaltern and feminist thinkers.
India After Gandhi, Paperback (August 2008)» View all books by Ramachandra Guha
The definitive account of modern India
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Author Biography - Ramachandra Guha
Ramachandra Guha has taught at the universities of Stanford and Yale. He has been Sundaraja Visiting Professor at the Indian Institute of Science, and Indo-American Community Chair Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley. A pioneer in the field of environmental history, he is the author of The Unquiet Woods (UC Press), among other books. His essays have been widely anthologized and translated.
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