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Environmental Winds

Making the Global in Southwest China

Michael J. Hathaway


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Environmental Winds challenges the notion that globalized social formations emerged solely in the Global North prior to impacting the Global South. Instead, such formations have been constituted, transformed, and propelled through diverse, site-specific social interactions that complicate and defy divisions between 'global' and 'local.' The book brings the reader into the lives of Chinese scientists, officials, villagers, and expatriate conservationists who were caught up in environmental trends over the past 25 years. Hathaway reveals how global environmentalism has been enacted and altered in China, often with unanticipated effects, such as the rise of indigenous rights, or the reconfiguration of human/animal relationships, fostering what rural villagers refer to as “the revenge of wild elephants.”

Praise For Environmental Winds: Making the Global in Southwest China

"A well-crafted and lucidly written book. . . . Its delightful ethnographic insights and sharp concepts will be of great value in introducing . . . new ways of thinking about China."
— Journal of Historical Geography

"Theoretically nuanced, empirically grounded, and written in accessible prose."
— The China Quarterly

University of California Press, 9780520276208, 272pp.

Publication Date: July 26, 2013

About the Author

Michael J. Hathaway is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada.