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Development Projects and A Critical Theory of Environment
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Development Projects and A Critical Theory of Environment

First Edition

July 2005 | 243 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
This book proposes an original critical theory of environmental sociology which is verified through actual projects relating to infrastructure development. The author locates each development project in its social, institutional and historical contexts, and explains their outcomes as the consequence of the actions of various individuals and groups, each acting rationally to optimise their own interests.

The author argues that agencies regulating environmental impact should adopt a `reconstructive adaptive' strategy aimed at leaving the physical environment in a better condition than when the project began. Similarly, development projects should ensure that people affected by these projects, especially those whose livelihoods are linked to environmental resources, are at least as well off as they were without the project.


 
Introduction
 
Critical Theory of Environment
 
Methodology of Research
 
Environmental Protest, Locality and Modernity
 
National Parks, Land Alienation and Tribal Livelihoods
 
`Aierawat' (The White Elephant) and other Stories
 
Cultural Imperatives of Technology Transfer
 
Limits to Pollution Abatement
 
Do Ideologies Matter in Urban Transport Projects?
 
Environmental Struggles, Protest and Survival

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