Region Related Areas: 
South Asia, India subcontinent
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Contentious Diversities and Dangerous Species: Biocultural Diversity in the Context of Human-Animal Conflicts

This article engages with such questions by focusing on the Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary of Kerala in southern India, arguing that a reconceptualization of both “culture” and “nature” will be necessary in order to prevent the concept of biocultural diversity from appearing as just another form of “green neocolonization” or “eco-imperialism.”

Human-Animal Conflicts in Kerala: Elephants and Ecological Modernity on the Agrarian Frontier in South India

This article argues that in contemporary Wayanad in Kerala, southern India, human-animal relations are embedded in a history of ecological modernity composed of three modes of encounter between agrarian change (capitalist settler agriculture) and forest conservation (state-led and globalizing). It suggests that the notions of “frontier,” “fortress,” and (precarious) “conviviality” best capture the historical and emerging environmental relations in this environment of crisis.

Drowned Out

Shot over three years, Drowned Out tells the true story of one family’s inspired stand against the building of the Narmada Dam and the destruction of their land, homes and culture.

Fields and Forests: Ethnographic Perspectives on Environmental Globalization

About this issue

Around the world, fields and forests are increasingly dominated by the market, mediated by science, and subjected to new modes of transnational environmental governance. This volume of RCC Perspectives presents ethnographic insights into the impacts of such environmental globalization.


Why Do We Value Diversity? Biocultural Diversity in a Global Context

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The concept of biocultural diversity was introduced by ethnobiologists to argue that the variation within ecological systems is inextricably linked to cultural and linguistic differences. In this volume of RCC Perspectives, scholars from a wide range of fields reflect on the definition, impact, and possible vulnerabilities of the concept.


"Macroeconomic and Environmental History: The Impact of Currency Depreciation on Forests in British India, 1873–93"

A closer examination of India’s monetary history reveals that there exist many similarities between the effects of structural adjustment programs and those of monetary disturbances in the last quarter of the nineteenth century due to the depreciation of the rupee.