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Modernizing Nature: Forestry and Imperial Eco-Development 1800-1950

S. Ravi Rajan


This book contributes to the debate regarding the origins, institutionalization, and politics of the sciences and systems of knowledge underlying colonial frameworks of environmental management. It departs from the widely prevalent scholarly perspective that colonial science can be understood predominantly as a handmaiden of imperialism. Instead, it argues that the myriad colonial sciences had ideological and interventionist traditions distinct from each other and from the colonial bureaucracy, and that these tensions better explain environmental politics and policy dilemmas in the post-coloni ... More

Keywords: environmental management, tropical forestry, colonial sciences, resource management, Continental Europe

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199277964
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199277964.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

S. Ravi Rajan, author
Associate Professor of Environmental Studies, University of California