16 May 2018

Bernard Debarbieux and Gilles Rudaz, The Mountain

CARG #19 – nineteenth session of the Contemporary Anthropology Reading Group

In this nineteenth session of CARG we read The Mountain by Bernard Debarbieux and Gilles Rudaz. The book promises a political history of the mountain from enlightenment to the present and thus touches on a central concern of our Highland Asia project.

The Mountain.

Debarbieux, Bernard and Gilles Rudaz. 2015. he Mountain: A Political History from the Enlightenment to the Present. Chicago: Chicago University Press.

Description from Chicago University Press:

In The Mountain, geographers Bernard Debarbieux and Gilles Rudaz trace the origins of the very concept of a mountain, showing how it is not a mere geographic feature but ultimately an idea, one that has evolved over time, influenced by changes in political climates and cultural attitudes. To truly understand mountains, they argue, we must view them not only as material realities but as social constructs, ones that can mean radically different things to different people in different settings.

From the Enlightenment to the present day, and using a variety of case studies from all the continents, the authors show us how our ideas of and about mountains have changed with the times and how a wide range of policies, from border delineation to forestry as well as nature protection and social programs, have been shaped according to them. A rich hybrid analysis of geography, history, culture, and politics, the book promises to forever change the way we look at mountains.

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