1st Edition

Regional Political Ecologies and Environmental Conflicts in India

Edited By Sarmistha Pattanaik, Amrita Sen Copyright 2023
    138 Pages 5 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This book focuses on the regional political ecologies (RPEs) of environmental conflicts in India. It explores broadly, landscape-based analyses of political, economic and social issues, which impact environmental changes, challenges and conflicts at local and micro-local levels.

    The chapters in this volume examine the intervention of different stakeholders in the management of various regional ecological landscapes in India, including forests, rivers, canals, creeks and wetlands. The volume is an interdisciplinary endeavour, weaving together contextual narratives through a combination of approaches from sociology, anthropology, geography, political studies and environmental history. Using such core approaches, the book studies the place-based dynamisms within the regional environmental conflicts in the selected conservation landscapes. It provides empirical reflections on transboundary issues, rural-urban transitions, middle-class environmentalism, identity conflicts, decentralized natural resource management and the role of political institutions.

    Regional Political Ecologies and Environmental Conflicts in India will be of great interest to students and scholars of Political Ecology and South Asian Environmental Studies.

    Chapter 1: Introduction: Understanding Regional Political Framings of Environmental Conflicts in India

    Sarmistha Pattanaik and Amrita Sen

    Chapter 2: Heritage or Basic Human Rights? Politics of Environmentalism Surrounding the Adi Ganga in Kolkata

    Jenia Mukherjee, Shreyashi Bhattacharya and Lina Bose

    Chapter 3: The Opportunities and Challenges of Transboundary Conservation: Solutions in Adaptive Management

    Radhika Bhargava

    Chapter 4: Riverbank Erosion and Inter-Community Relationships in Majuli: Political Implications of a Changing Landscape in Assam

    Avijit Sahay

    Chapter 5: A Regional Political Ecology of the Changing Cityscape and the Crisis of Conservation of the East Kolkata Wetlands (EKW), India

    Sana Huque

    Chapter 6: Land Ownership and Ecological Knowledge Production from a Gender and Power Dynamics Perspective in a Village in Nagaland

    A. Wati Walling

    Chapter 7: Political Ecology of Natural Resource Governance in Chhattisgarh, India: Critical Ethnographic Reflections on the Vulnerable Livelihoods of the Scheduled Tribes in Bastar

    Janmejaya Mishra


    Sarmistha Pattanaik is Associate Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences and Associate Faculty of Centre for Policy Studies (CPS) and Centre for Urban Science and Engineering (C-USE), Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India.

    Amrita Sen is Assistant Professor at the Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, West Bengal, India.