Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research

River Control in India

Spatial, Governmental and Subjective Dimensions

Authors: Baghel, Ravi

  • Demonstrates the spatial and material effects of expert discourse, thereby extending more conventional Foucauldian methods in the Social Sciences
  • Subjectivity of expertise is an overlooked and fruitful area of research
  • Contributes a South Asian case study to the literature in political ecology and human geography and frames it within discussions of planetary change
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About this book

Large river systems throughout the planet have been dramatically transformed due to river control projects such as large dams and embankments. Unlike other major human impacts like anthropogenic climate change, the alteration of river systems has been deliberate and planned by a small, powerful set of experts. Taking India as a case study, this book examines the way experts transform the planet through their discourse by their advocacy of river projects. This book identifies the spatial aspects of the norms through which the ideal river and the deficient river in need of control are produced. The role of governmental rationality in explaining the seemingly irrational and counter-productive effects of large projects like Kosi river embankments is considered. Finally using autobiographical material, the subjectivity of expert advice is examined, questioning its presumed objectivity. By examining the different subjective stances arising from the same body of expertise, this book discusses the consequences this has for river control specifically and for the relation between expertise and environmental change in general.

About the authors

Ravi Baghel is a postdoctoral researcher at Heidelberg University, Germany. His current research examines the production of Himalayan glaciers as sources of environmental knowledge. This research was conducted under the auspices of the interdisciplinary research group ‘Waterscapes’ funded by the Cluster of Excellence: Asia and Europe in a Global Context. Dr. Baghel obtained his PhD in Geography from Heidelberg University in 2013, supported by a scholarship from the Cluster of Excellence. He had previously received a Masters degree in Social Sciences from the University of Freiburg, Germany, and the University of KwaZulu- Natal, South Africa, and a Bachelor’s degree in Chinese from Jawaharlal Nehru University, India. He is a fellow of the Earth System Governance Project, and his research interests are in the interaction of knowledge and space, South Asian environmental issues and highly skilled migrants.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
River Control in India
Book Subtitle
Spatial, Governmental and Subjective Dimensions
Authors
Series Title
Advances in Asian Human-Environmental Research
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-04432-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-04432-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-04431-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-38169-5
Series ISSN
1879-7180
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 165
Number of Illustrations and Tables
1 b/w illustrations, 1 illustrations in colour
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