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Name  Arun Agrawal

Education  Duke University
Arun Agrawal
Awards  Guggenheim Fellowship for Social Sciences, US & Canada
Books  Environmentality, Greener Pastures: Politics, Decentralization in Nepal: A Comparat, Applied Ecology and Natur, Community in Conserva

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Arun Agrawal (born September 20, 1962) is a political scientist in the School of Natural Resources & Environment at the University of Michigan. He is editor of the scholarly journal World Development.


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  • PhD - Political Science, Duke University 1992
  • MA - Political Science, Duke University 1988
  • MBA - Development Administration and Public Policy, Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, 1985
  • BA - History, University of Delhi, 1983
  • Publications

    Some of Agrawal's work has been published in journals such as Science, Conservation Biology, World Development, and PNAS. In a publication in Nature, Agrawal explores the positive side of disaster in his case study of a 1998 hurricane in Honduras. According to Agrawal, natural disasters like this set the stage for alternative social trajectories.


    His best known book is Environmentality: Technologies of Government and the Making of Subjects, published in 2005.

    Previously published books included Greener Pastures: Politics, Markets, and Community Among a Migrant Pastoral People, (1999) and Decentralization in Nepal: A Comparative Analysis (1998).


  • "Arun Agrawal (in Environmentality) provides a most lucid account of the people-government- forest interplay in the 20th century Kumaon Himalayas in this book.... Arun Agrawal addresses these fascinating questions on the basis, not only of archival research, but significantly, on the strength of extensive long-term fieldwork."—The Hindu
  • "This book (Environmentality) aims to promote Arun Agrawal's own neologism - "environmentality" ... This book, too, has hidden its worthwhile arguments in thickets of verbal profusion, which make it hard to see the teak for the forest."--The Times Higher Education
  • Books edited

  • 2001: Agrarian Environments: Resources, Representations and Rule in India. Duke University Press, Durham, ISBN 0-8223-2555-1
  • 2001: Social Nature: Resources, Representations and Rule in India. Oxford University Press, New Delhi, ISBN 0-19-565460-9
  • 2001: Communities and the Environment: Ethnicity, Gender, and the State in Community-Based Conservation. Rutgers University Press, Piscataway, ISBN 0-8135-2914-X
  • 2003: Regional Modernities: The Cultural Politics of Development in India. Stanford University Press, Palo Alto, ISBN 0-8047-4415-7
  • References

    Arun Agrawal Wikipedia

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