Language : English
Published : 1999-10-08
Pages : 176
Environmentalism: A Global History
A new entry in the Longman World History Series, Environmentalism: A Global History is perfect for professors who want to assign short topical paperbacks which explore global issues and movements in their world history classes. This volume will fit into the second half of World History courses which typically cover the period from 1500 to the present century. Environmentalism: A Global History is the first genuinely global history of environmentalism. Written by one of the foremost thinkers on ecological issues relating to South Africa, Guha has become one of the more provocative and perceptive commentators on environmentalism in its cross-cultural and global dimensions. Students will find this new text to be a lively and engaging study of ideas and debates that are central to our lives in the twentieth-first century.
In this important new book, High argues that poverty reduction policies are formulated and implemented in fields of desire. Drawing on psychoanalytic understandings of desire, she shows that such programs circulate around the question of what is lacking. Far from rational responses to measures of need, then, the politics of poverty are unconscious, culturally expressed, mutually contradictory, and sometimes contrary to self-interest.
Based on long-term fieldwork in a Lao village that has been the subject of multiple poverty reduction and development programs, High’s account looks at implementation on the ground. While these efforts were laudable in their aims of reducing poverty, they often failed to achieve their objectives. Local people received them with suspicion and disillusionment. Nevertheless, poverty reduction policies continued to be renewed by planners and even desired locally. High relates this to the force of aspirations among rural Lao, ambivalent understandings of power and the “post-rebellious” moment in contemporary Laos.
A successful businessman, Lim Bo Seng became synonymous with the anti-war movement in Singapore during World War II. His commitment towards the resistance campaign against Japanese aggressors came with a hefty price. He was to suffer a heart-wrenching separation with his family and eventually sacrifice his own life. His incarceration in a prison for anti-Japanese activists was an ultimate test of faith. Yet the true hero never once faltered, not even under the harshest conditions imaginable. Lim fought his captors with his one and only weapon, an unbroken spirit. He died in triumph and his legacy lives on.
Transnational labor migration often begins with the dream of securing a more stable and prosperous future, a chance to survive. This book reveals some of the complex phenomena and processes that operate in the lives and dreams of Thai male migrant workers living abroad, whose life experiences are overwhelmingly dominated by stress and suffering and diminished gendered roles. Stripped bare of the powerful sociocultural, economic, and legal processes that govern their existence at home, these men must re-craft their gendered selfhoods, identities, and sensibilities.
Pattana Kitiarsa was assistant professor of Southeast Asian studies at the National University of Singapore.
The series focuses on making the connections with our historical past. These engaging texts continually make links between the overview content and the more detailed and specific depth studies. In doing so the books help consolidate understanding of the various historical periods and the stunning visual timelines used throughout will be highly effective in illustrating these points.