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Based on pioneering research, this volume on South and Southeast Asia offers a cultural studies' perspective on the vast and largely uncharted domain of how local cultures are coping with climate changes and environmental crises.The primary focus is on three countries that have high emission rates: India, Indonesia, and Thailand. Whereas the dominant discourse on climate largely reflects the view of Western cultures, this volume adds indigenous views and practices that provide insight into Hindu, Buddhist and Islamic responses. Making use of textual materials, fieldwork, and analyses, it highlights the close links between climate solutions, forms of knowledge, and the various socio-cultural and political practices and agencies within societies. The volume demonstrates that climate is global and plural. Contributors are: Monika Arnez, Somnath Batabyal, Joachim Betz, Susan M. Darlington, Dennis Eucker, R diger Haum, Albertina Nugteren, Marcus N sser & Ravi Baghel, Martin Seeger, and Janice Stargardt.
About the Author
Barbara Schuler, Dr. phil., is Indologist and former Associate Director of the Centre for Buddhist Studies at Hamburg University. Her field of research encompasses Indian history of religion, ritual studies, visual anthropology, and the history of emotions in Tamil literature.