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Forest of Tigers: People, Politics and Environment in the Sundarbans Hardcover – December 22, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0415544610 ISBN-10: 0415544610 Edition: 1st

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge India; 1 edition (December 22, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415544610
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415544610
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,980,220 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Forest of Tigers is destined to become a benchmark, not only for the study of the Sunderbans, but for all humanistically oriented ecological research.

Amitav Ghosh, author of The Hungry Tide

Annu Jalais brings to life the contests of conservation and human survival in the Sundarbans. In a work of rare distinction, she meshes history, anthropology and biology to give a vivid, often disturbing, portrait of the underclasses who live and work in the mangrove forests of the Bengal delta. No one who is interested in ecology or displacement, conservation or democracy can afford to miss this fine work.

Mahesh Rangarajan, University of Delhi

This is a must read for those interested in the Sundarbans, its people and its tigers. It is also an excellent resource for social anthropologists and other social scientists. But, most of all, it is a timely contribution to much of our debates about "saving the environment".

— Biblio: A Review of Books (Sudha Vasan, University of Delhi)

Annu Jalais makes an outstanding contribution to the anthropology of forest life. In this book, one will find subtly theorised and moving accounts of women engaged in prawn seed fishing in the face of sharks, crocodiles, and other watery hazards; hunters and woodcutters who brave tigers and snakes in the mangrove forests; and extraordinary social workers who built schools and political awareness among the Adivasi, Dalit, and other lower caste migrants and settlers who have lived in the unstable islands of the Sunderbans since the mid-nineteenth century. Years of research in a very difficult terrain, empathy for those who live there, and deep insight into their ecology, worship, and livelihoods, inform the stories told in this fine book.

K. Sivaramakrishnan, Yale University

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Annu Jalais is Research Fellow at the London School of Economics and Political Science.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Velu Naicker on September 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This eminently readable book narrates the perspectives of tiger-charmers, prawn-seed collectors, honey-collectors, and many other residents of the Sundarbans. Jalais explores the ethic of Bon Bibi, which urges both Hindus and Muslims to be very cautious and respectful stewards of the forest. In contrasting this perspective with the forest protection efforts of cosmopolitan environmentalists, Jalais brings us the largely unknown voices of the people who know the Sundarbans most intimately. Jalais' authoritative book is a must-read for environmentalists, anthropologists, and anyone who loves the Sundarbans.
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