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The Land in Between:

A. Whitney Sanford

in Growing Stories from India

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780813134123
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813135915 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813134123.003.0007
 The Land in Between:

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This chapter demonstrates parallels between the pastoral paradigm of Vaishnava devotion and the neglect of agriculture in Western environmental thought. It explores how pastoralism and idealized landscapes can create an idyllic view of the natural world and obscures our debt to the earth for subsistence or our reciprocal obligations. For example, both the Braj pastoral and the trope of wilderness in environmental discourse in the United States romanticize the natural world and exclude the possibility of human intervention in the land. Vaishnava pastoralism and Western environmental thought both emphasize romanticized and urbanized views of the natural world that exclude labor, production, and violence. By exploring the role of agriculture in the context of religion, nature, and society, we can understand the persistence of certain stories.

Keywords: Vaishnava; pastoral; environmental ethics; agriculture; wilderness; Braj; environmental justice; social construction of nature; indigenous agricultural practice; agroecology

Chapter.  12449 words. 

Subjects: Environment

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