Nature, Environment and Society

Suite aux Ateliers Jeunes Chercheurs en Sciences Sociales de 2008 (Shillong), l’AJEI est heureuse d’annoncer la parution de :

Nicolas Lainé, T. B. Subba (éds.) Nature, Environment and Society: Conservation, Governance and Transformation in India, Orient Blackswan


The future of humanity lies uncertain as nature falls prey to the loot and plunder initiated in the name of development, growth and progress today. As the vast riches of the earth continue to be endangered, a global consciousness regarding the importance of natural resources, biodiversity, etc. is on the rise. Given such a scenario, what is required is further understanding of man’s interaction with the environment.

This contributory volume examines the interrelationship between nature and society in South Asia. It focuses on four points: perception of natural resources during colonial rule, conservation of nature, role of governments in administering environment, and transformation of nature as a result of development or industrial projects.

The book divided into three broad themes, analyses the major decisions taken in India with regard to environment after Independence and their consequences; the relationship between communities which consider natural environment as an essential part of their identity, and as a key factor for social, political and economical issues; and the urban explosion and/or the construction of infrastructure such as dams or roads that have impacted the relationship between different social groups and their territory. It also examines the set-up (policy and stakes), process and consequences (often the displacement of populations) of such projects in three different states of India.

Offering a wide variety of case studies representing a large panel of approaches and methodologies from Sociology, Economics, History, Anthropology, and Development Studies, this volume will be an useful read for students and scholars of environmental studies, and NGOs working towards conserving nature.

Table des matières

Foreword – Jacques Pouchepadass

Introduction – Nicolas Lainé, T. B. Subba


Introduction – Joëlle Smadja

Megalithic Landscapes, Cultures and Identity in Northeast India – Raphael Rousseleau

Transforming Rural Livelihoods through Ecodevelopment in the Nanda Devi Biosphere Reserve – Sarah Benabou

Wildlife Conservation and Tribal Livelihood in the Brahmaputra Floodplains – Emilie Crémin

Effects of the 1996 Timber Ban in Northeast India: The Case of the Khamtis of Lohit District, Arunachal Pradesh – Nicolas Lainé


Introduction – Frédéric Landy

Women, Self-Governance and Local Political Representation in Bastar, Chhattisgarh – M. A. Iqbal and Samuel Berthet

Forest Conservation, Public Goods and Incentives in the Central Himalayas – Carine Sébi

Unpacking Policy Discourses and ‘Scientific’ Management of Forests in Meghalaya – Sanjeeva Kumar


Introduction – Loraine Kennedy

The Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor and Some Issues of Environmental Governance – David Kong Hug

The Gosikhurd Dam Project and Transformation of Rural Social Space in Vidarbha, Maharashtra – Joël Cabalion

Consequences of Road Construction in Padum, Zanskar Valley, Northern Himalaya – Salomé Deboos

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ajei (2012, November 28). Nature, Environment and Society. AJEI - Association Jeunes Études Indiennes. Retrieved June 16, 2024, from

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