ENVIRONMENTALISM A GLOBAL HISTORY BY RAMACHANDRA GUHA PDF
A new entry in the Longman World History Series, Environmentalism: A Global History is perfect for professors who want to assign short topical paperbacks. Environmentalism: A Global History, by Ramachandra Guha. New York: Longman. (), xiii, pp. Reviewed by Kathryn Hochstetler, Department of Political. Environmentalism: A Global History is the first genuinely global history of environmentalism. Written by one of the foremost thinkers on ecological issues relating.
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A Global History, by Ramachandra Guha. Longman, pp, includes Bibliographic Essay and Index. This short but wide-ranging book is a global survey of the history of environmental thought by one of the people most responsible for environmenatlism environmental discussions to include recognition of post-colonial societies. The overall goal of this introductory textbook is to explain multiple environmental discourses from Brazil, the United States, China, India, the Soviet Union, and Africa, and then to situate them as complimentary components of a global socially oriented environmental discursive framework.
With that said, it is always difficult to evaluate an introductory textbook. In this case, much of what is covered represents well-worn ground for the environmentailsm scholar.
The thesis that emerges is less about a new set of environmental proposals and more about how we ought to understand the history of ideas that informs the development of policy and what ideas ought to be taught in ramachndra classroom. Since this book is designed as a textbook, much of my commentary stems from a consideration of how it might work in the classroom.
Environmentalism: A Global History by Ramachandra Guha
As an educator regularly teaching courses in environmental thought, ethics, planning, and policy, I have often wondered why so few texts exist on the global history of environmental thought.
Guha’s work represents an attempt to bridge this gap in the literature. Despite Guha’s admirable intentions, I am hesitant to endorse this work as an introductory textbook on the global history yistory environmental thought for one important reason: Guha’s methodology leads to the omission of important components of the global jistory of environmental thought.
From the outset, it is important to acknowledge the difficulty of this type of project. The very title of this work signals perhaps an impossible project, given the pages of text set aside for the task.
Guha does cover a number of subjects well, and some are welcome additions to the discussion of the history of environmental thought. environmentalusm
Overall though, the topics not covered work to neutralize what is accomplished by the topics that are covered. Consider first what Guha does include. The book is divided into two parts, each focusing on a wave of environmental thought.
In the first part, there are four chapters and an afterword. In the initial chapter, Guha argues that a more social and international environmentalism can be a spur to “human reflection and human action,” and not just a “scientific study of the state of nature or a balance sheet of the impact of human beings on the earth” p.
Environmentalism: A Global History
While it is envoronmentalism to divide the environmental movement into waves usually three or fourGuha chooses to delineate only one major shift and thus only two waves of environmentalism.
The first wave is comprised of what Guha calls a “period of pioneering and prophecy” and an initial reaction to industrialization; the second wave is comprised of the more socially oriented responses that have emerged in recent decades p.
There are good reasons for delineating more waves, but Guha’s project is generally well-served by the two-wave distinction. Guha divides the first wave into three varieties distinguished by their different guiding ideologies— back-to-the-landscientific conservationwilderness idea —which are treated respectively in chapters two, three, and four.
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What I found most compelling about Guha’s varieties are some of the figures he chose to include. For example, in chapter two Guha offers a treatment of the back-to-the-land ideology that concurrently condemned excessive industrialization and espoused a commitment to agrarian and pastoral values. While I do have reservations about how convincing it is to link Wordsworth, Ruskin, and Gandhi according to a largely generic and nondescript agrarian ideal that he claims If you would like to authenticate using a different subscribed institution that supports Shibboleth authentication or have your own login and password to Project MUSE, click ‘Authenticate’.
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