Critical Themes in Indian Sociology brings together the writings of a number of scholars—both well established and younger, in India and in different parts of the world—on various themes that express the richness and diversity that defines sociological scholarship on India. The book reflects changes in scholarship over time and charts out new subjects and methods for the study of social life in India. Commemorating the 50 plus years since Contributions to Indian Sociology was first published, this book is a tribute to a journal that has sustained an internationally acclaimed and rigorous sociological engagement with India. Comprising a wide range of themes such as village, city, class, caste, politics, gender, sexuality, media, food and education, this book presents a concise, yet in-depth sense of a sociological view of India today.
Chapter 29: Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Horizon: The Anthropology of Environment and Climate Change
Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Horizon: The Anthropology of Environment and Climate Change
I make, remake and unmake my concepts along a moving horizon, from an always decentered centre, from an always displaced periphery which repeats and differentiates them.
—Gilles Deleuze (1994: xxi)
We were, perhaps, never in doubt about the ups and downs of terrains covered by environmental anthropology and sociology. The spread and diversity of forests, pastures, rivers and mountains were grist to the mill as the disciplines' practitioners went about exploring how common folks represented and eked their subsistence from nature alongside the escalating conflicts over land and water, trees and animals. ...