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Living Between Juniper and PalmNature, Culture, and Power in the Himalayas$
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Ben Campbell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198078524

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198078524.001.0001

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Perceiving the Environment

Perceiving the Environment

(p.13) 1 Perceiving the Environment
Living Between Juniper and Palm

Ben Campbell

Oxford University Press

The narrative of crisis has too easily sidelined the voices and interests of people caught up in the global environmental agenda. Critics of the neglect of victims of conservation have articulated compelling evidence of widespread concern that excluding people from the picture is counter-productive, and based on culturally specific modern notions of ‘nature’. The problematic of power across coexisting regimes of territory and life brings attention to the qualities of conflict, negotiation, and hierarchy that characterize the locally perceived relationships between species, groups of people, and the kinds of authority recognized in the agency of the state and the Gods. Rather than simply ‘resources’, human ecology comes to be about the struggles, contests, and hardships that punctuate the attempts of willful actors in the world to lead purposeful lives in an environment shared by an enormous variety of life forms.

Keywords:   Tamang ecological engagement, Langtang, political ecology, culture, cosmology, biodiversity

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