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Landscapes and the Law: Environmental Politics, Regional Histories, and Contests over Nature
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Cultural Sciences. (Concurrences in Colonial and Postcolonial Studies)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0932-4082
2019 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Landscapes and the Law is situated at the crossroads of environmental, colonial, and legal history. It examines the role of law in consolidating early colonial rule from the perspective of people’s access to nature in forests and hill tracts. This major interdisciplinary study is thus concerned with the social history of legal processes and the making of law, being as relevant today as it was when first published a decade ago.

The book is focused equally on the multitude of colliding claims for access to land and resources, and the complex ways in which customary rights are redefined and codified for the purpose of securing and legitimizing colonial sovereign rule.

Basing her archival and field work on the Nilgiri Hills in South India, Gunnel Cederlöf explores conflicting perceptions of nature and political visions that are projected onto landscapes and people. She traces debates on property and land rights, and how the empirical sciences merge with the legal claims justifying land acquisition. Popular resistance strategies to such exploitation are analysed, and a cross-cultural comparison made between early legal processes and social history in India, New Zealand, and North America.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London & New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2019. , p. 316
Keywords [en]
Indian modern history, indigenous people, British colonial history, environmental history, history of anthropology, race theory, Law, Property law, land law
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History
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Humanities
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-87018ISBN: 9780199499748 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-87018DiVA, id: diva2:1339314
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Riksbankens Jubileumsfond
Note

Landscapes and the Law was first published by Permanent Black in 2008. The revised Oxford University Press publication (2019) Has an extended preface bringing the work up to date with British imperial history and law in India. It is published in paperback and ebook.

Available from: 2019-07-29 Created: 2019-07-29 Last updated: 2019-08-08

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