Construction of environmental knowledge: experiences from India

Deepak Gopinath, Manik D. Gopinath

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    Abstract

    This paper explored key issues in how knowledge of the environment is constructed in the Third World. Drawing on which, it showed that there are both explicit and implicit ways in which this knowledge is contested. Particularly, it discussed how implicit forms of contestation are problematic in Third World economies because they are exclusionary and also where such issues become ‘headlines’ only after environmental damage and accompanying social injustices have resulted. It concludes by raising crucial questions for environmental research in the Third World where there is limited role of governments and communities in protecting their environment.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)2-8
    Number of pages7
    JournalJournal of Sustainable Development
    Volume1
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2008

    Keywords

    • Environment
    • Knowledge construction
    • Roles of actors
    • Ski Village project
    • India
    • Third World

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