Author: Akhileswar Pathak
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195655575
The book is a well-researched, cogent and lucid study on the making of forest law in colonial India. It provides new perspectives to our understanding of modern law and its origins.
Starting with the first piece of legislation under colonial rule in Malabar, 1792, and ending with the making of the Indian Forest Act, 1878, the book breaks new grounds by:
-Engaging with law as a process in ideological terms
-Examining a phase that has been so far neglected; and
-Locating these debates in the wider context of current deliberations.
Located in the past, the book reflects on the present and shows law as a dossier of strategies abstracted from practices, constantly undergoing refinement and legitimation through the making of legal ideas. The author creates a jargon-free, accessible an smooth narrative, based on wide-ranging archival work from the provincial to the imperial level.
This volume is recommended for historians, sociologists, environmentalists, students of law, as well as policy-makers.