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Civilizing natures : race, resources, and modernity in colonial South India

Author: Kavita Philip
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2004.
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"An interdisciplinary exploration of science, nature, and race in colonial India."

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Science was a central pillar of colonialism, but the converse holds true as well: colonialism profoundly shaped the character of nineteenth-century science. Civilizing Natures unravels unexpected relationships between science, technology, and administrative systems in colonial India from the 1850s to the 1930s, deepening our perspective on continuing conflicts over race, resources, and empire. Botanists, anthropologists, and foresters had their most important sources of data-nature and natives-located at colonial sites. In the hilly, forested regions of Madras Presidency, tribal populations were studied by ethnographers, managed by revenue officials, recruited by plantation contractors, and modernized by missionaries. Racial constructions of nature and modernity helped criminalize and domesticate unruly natives. This is a story about the construction of nature in southern India that is deeply local and irreducibly global. Through detailed case studies, Kavita Philip shows how race and nature are fundamental, to understanding colonial modernities. Through its insightful combination of methodologies from both the humanities and the social sciences, Civilizing Natures complicates our understandings of the relationships between science and religion, pre-modern and civilized, environment and society.  Read more...

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Philip, Kavita, 1964-
Civilizing natures.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2004
(DLC) 2003005675
(OCoLC)51867943
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kavita Philip
ISBN: 0813535352 9780813535357 9780813533605 0813533600
OCLC Number: 54961593
Description: 1 online resource (viii, 248 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Introduction --
A local story : English mud --
Forests --
Plantations --
Ethnographers --
Christianity --
A global story : imperial science rescues a tree --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Kavita Philip.
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"An interdisciplinary exploration of science, nature, and race in colonial India."

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Science was a central pillar of colonialism, but the converse holds true as well: colonialism profoundly shaped the character of nineteenth-century science. Civilizing Natures unravels unexpected relationships between science, technology, and administrative systems in colonial India from the 1850s to the 1930s, deepening our perspective on continuing conflicts over race, resources, and empire. Botanists, anthropologists, and foresters had their most important sources of data-nature and natives-located at colonial sites. In the hilly, forested regions of Madras Presidency, tribal populations were studied by ethnographers, managed by revenue officials, recruited by plantation contractors, and modernized by missionaries. Racial constructions of nature and modernity helped criminalize and domesticate unruly natives. This is a story about the construction of nature in southern India that is deeply local and irreducibly global. Through detailed case studies, Kavita Philip shows how race and nature are fundamental, to understanding colonial modernities. Through its insightful combination of methodologies from both the humanities and the social sciences, Civilizing Natures complicates our understandings of the relationships between science and religion, pre-modern and civilized, environment and society.

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