By Kavita Philip
Kavita Philip unravels unforeseen relationships among technology, expertise, and administrative structures in colonial India from the 1850s to the Nineteen Thirties, deepening our viewpoint on carrying on with conflicts over race, assets, and empire. this can be a tale in regards to the development of nature in southern India that's deeply neighborhood and irreducibly worldwide. via certain case reports, Kavita Philip exhibits how race and nature are primary to figuring out colonial modernities. via its insightful mix of methodologies from either the arts and the social sciences, Civilizing Natures casts new mild on our knowing of the relationships among technological know-how and faith, premodern and civilized, and surroundings and society.
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Among these are killing a snake, lizard, or frog; drinking water at a stream without first worshiping it; destroying the walls of a water reservoir; and making a complaint to the government. We might note the environmental utility of these practices. Respecting sources of water, protecting useful wildlife, and evading government supervision are accorded equal value. The inclusion of the last into a funeral song indicates that the strategic value of lying to colonial officials was a tactic that was being written 44 Civilizing Natures into the society’s normative code of ethical conduct, since the funeral was one of the occasions for the production of rituals that reproduced social and religious norms and reinforced social cohesion.
With Johnson, in 1821, arrived the first English apple and peach trees and strawberries, the first seeds of flowers and vegetables. . Potatoes were introduced, and flourished. . A few years after Mr. Sullivan’s arrival, gargantuan wonders were being compared as proudly as though their owners were competing in a village show at home. A beet is recorded as being nearly three feet round, a radish three feet long, and a cabbage plant eight feet high. Geraniums grew in hedges, and somebody’s verbena forgot its place and shot up to the sky on a trunk like that of a robust tree.
Geraniums grew in hedges, and somebody’s verbena forgot its place and shot up to the sky on a trunk like that of a robust tree. English oaks and firs were planted . . in 1829 there were wild white strawberries, wild Ayrshire roses, and small, A Local Story 33 deep damask roses growing in Ooty. . A convalescent young officer . . 9 Ooty, like other English settlements in the hills, grew around state government official activities and the stationing of troops in a climate conducive to English patterns of life.
Civilizing Natures: Race, Resources, and Modernity in Colonial South India by Kavita Philip