communities

Out of the Mountains: Changing Landscapes in Rural China

About this issue

Zhen Wang’s photo essay explores in detail how nearly 40 years of urbanization and rapid economic development have transformed the past, present, and future of the Yi population and of China’s rural and cultural landscapes.

Content

Alternative Futures: India Unshackled

Alternative Futures brings together 35 essays on India’s future, written by a diverse set of authors: activists, researchers, media persons, those who have influenced policies, and those working at the grassroots. Divided into four sections—Ecological Futures, Political Futures, Economic Futures, and Socio-Cultural Futures—the book covers a wide range of issues including environmental governance, biodiversity, democracy and power, law, agriculture, pastoralism, industry, languages, learning and education, knowledge, health and sexuality among others.

Birds in Our Lives

Birds in Our Lives is an account of bird conservation in India, written by conservationist Ashish Kothari. It educates the reader on the importance of birds in Indian culture and economy and highlights the imminent threats to their habitats and populations, as well as growing efforts to conserve birdlife.

"'It’s Just a Matter of Time': Lessons from Agency and Community Responses to Polar Bear-inflicted Human Injury"

Aimee L. Schmidt and Douglas A. Clark examine the response of local people and agencies to a polar bear-inflicted human injury in Churchill, Manitoba, Canada, showing how human-bear conflict is often widely publicized and controversial, and how it shapes public expectations around bear management.