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Forest Futures

Global Representations and Ground Realities in the Himalayas

Under their slogan, "Ecology is permanent economy", the ‘Chipko Movement’ drew world attention to the struggle over forest rights. Taking its name from the Hindi word for ‘embrace’, villagers hugged trees and prevented contractors´ from felling them. Dedicated to the protection of forests, the movement spread throughout India in the 1970s, changing the country´s natural resource policy.

Forest Futures argues that the hype took Chipko from its locale and took control away from local people. The portrayal of the Chipko movement largely ignored local histories of resistance, local conflicts and local forest practices. The book argues that the issues of forest control and sustainable forest use have to be seen in the context of concerns about social and economic development, regional autonomy, and the preferred futures of the local people.

344 pages | 8 halftones, 4 maps, 10 tables, 13 figures | 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 | © 2007

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Table of Contents

Notes on transcription
1. How to make one´s interlocutors present? Approaching local perspectives on forest and ecology in Garhwal
2. The region: A geographical and socio-historical sketch of Uttarakhand with special reference to Garhwal
3. Resisting commercial forest exploitation: A narrative approach to Chipko Andolan
4. Ecology and development: two "powerful" narratives
5. Discourses on forest rights and forest use in Uttarakhand
6. The interconnection between forest and life in a village of Rawain (western Garhwal): a case study
7. Conclusion: Lessons from Uttarakhand or the locals speak back

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