By Katrina Z. S. Schwartz
In this groundbreaking e-book, Katrina Schwartz examines the intersection of environmental politics, globalization, and nationwide id in a small East eu nation: modern day Latvia. in response to huge ethnographic learn and full of life discourse research, it explores that country’s post-Soviet responses to ecu suggestions and political strain in nature administration, biodiversity conservation, and rural development. those responses have been formed by way of hotly contested notions of nationwide id articulated as contrasting visions of the “ideal” rural landscape.
The gamers during this tale contain Latvian farmers and different conventional rural dwellers, environmental advocates, and execs with divided attitudes towards new eu methods to sustainable development. An entrenched set of forestry and land administration practices, with roots within the Soviet and pre-Soviet eras, confront becoming overseas pressures on a small kingdom to comply to present (Western) notions of environmental responsibility—notions frequently perceived via Latvians to be at odds with neighborhood pursuits. whereas the case is that of Latvia, the dynamics Schwartz explores have huge applicability and converse powerfully to broader theoretical discussions approximately sustainable improvement, social structures of nature, the resources of nationalism, and the affects of globalization and neighborhood integration at the conventional nation-state.
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Nature and National Identity After Communism: Globalizing the Ethnoscape (Pitt Russian East European) by Katrina Z. S. Schwartz