Religion and Ecology in India and Southeast Asia

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Psychology Press, 2001 - Religion - 210 pages
"David Gosling's arguments are based on his fieldwork in the region and are framed by the socio-political context of religious change in India and southeast Asia, where it is maintained that the development-led analysis of Amartya Sen, with its emphasis on participative education, healthcare and a reduction of the gender imbalance, is a crucial prerequisite for social and environmental improvement. Though regional in scope, this is a study of global significance, considering the most urgent social and environmental problems of the new millennium."--BOOK JACKET.
 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
2 Ecology and Hindu Tradition
16
3 Ecology and Modern India
34
4 Struggles for the Forests
51
5 Ecology and Buddhism
68
A Case Study
86
7 India Since Independence
110
8 Signs of Hope
136
9 Expanding Our Horizons
159
Medicinal Plants Identified in Thailand
176
Indian NonGovernmental Organizations
181
Select Glossary
188
Notes
190
Select Bibliography
201
Index
205
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David L. Gosling trained as a nuclear physicist and more recently was the first Spalding Fellow in Religions at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, where he is currently based. He was Director of Church and Society at the World Council of Churches at the University of Geneva and has published widely on environmental issues in south Asia.

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