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Title: The Indian Forest Service : a cultural geography.
Author: Hannam, Kevin.
Awarding Body: University of Portsmouth
Current Institution: University of Portsmouth
Date of Award: 1997
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In this thesis, I seek to intervene in the debates concerning both forestry and the role of the elite civil services in India by examining the changing identity of the Indian Forest Service. The literature reviewed points to a gap in terms of any work which examines in detail the work of the Indian Forest Service as part of the Indian State. Many authors have stressed the need for such an analysis, but most seem content to criticize the Indian Forest Service as a monolithic entity which has remained more or less unchanged over the decades. However, recently the position of the Indian Forest Service has been challenged by the introduction of new forest policies, accusationso f corruption, politicians and non-governmental organisationsN. everthelessI, arguet hat the forest serviceh as managedto hold its own due to the strength of its utilitarian esprit de corps and through the development of its own body of scientific knowledge. I show how the Indian Forest Service has developed a unique identity, and even history, of its own around changing interpretations of science, planning and the environment. I contextualise the identity of the service within the ambivalent movement of State authority between despotic and disciplinary power and I demonstrate how the current conflict over forest resources has generated specific relationships of power and knowledge through which the Indian Forest Service has been able to reproduce itself. At the same time I challenge some of the more conventionalrepresentations of the Indian Forest Service currently on offer by taking a genealogical approach to the material presented
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Geography Geography Forests and forestry