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Living Between Juniper and PalmNature, Culture, and Power in the Himalayas$
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Ben Campbell

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198078524

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198078524.001.0001

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Forests of History

Forests of History

Plants, People, and Power

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(p.81) 3 Forests of History
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Living Between Juniper and Palm
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Ben Campbell

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198078524.003.0004

This chapter focuses on forests and plants that starts by tracing botanical and forestry perceptions of the Himalayas and the uses made of them by local populations, and presents historically influential forestry-related narratives of ecological change. The role of plant-hunting (especially Joseph Hooker) in colonial narratives of territorial mapping, and economic botany is discussed. It then moves on to the villagers’ perceptions of change in the claims of control and use of the forest, the various contexts of value for produce from the forest, the ways in which plant life features in mythological accounts of the genesis of the world and humans, and in the characterization of the sociality of difference between natural kinds.

Keywords:   colonial forestry, Chipko, anthropomorphism, rhododendrons, mythology, shamanic ecology, animism

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