ENVIRONMENTALISM OF THE MALCONTENT AS A PROCESS: THE EXAMPLE OF SARDAR SAROVAR DAM FROM INDIA Cover Image

BİR SÜREÇ OLARAK HOŞNUTSUZLARIN ÇEVRECİLİĞİ: HİNDİSTAN’DAN SARDAR SAROVAR BARAJI ÖRNEĞİ
ENVIRONMENTALISM OF THE MALCONTENT AS A PROCESS: THE EXAMPLE OF SARDAR SAROVAR DAM FROM INDIA

Author(s): Defne GÖNENÇ, Alper Almaz
Subject(s): Energy and Environmental Studies, Environmental Geography, Political Ecology, Environmental interactions
Published by: Rasim Özgür DÖNMEZ
Keywords: Environmentalism of the Malcontent; Environmental Movements; Narmada Bachao Andolan; Sardar Sarovar Dam; Social Movements;

Summary/Abstract: In the neoliberal era, which redefines the power relations among the state-market-society-nature, the environmental movements differ in terms of their participants. Arsel, Akbulut and Adaman created the concept of “environmentalism of the malcontent” that moves beyond the distinction between the “environmentalism of the rich,” and the “environmentalism of the poor”. The purpose of this study is to re-evaluate the concept of the “environmentalism of the malcontent”. The study was undertaken by evaluating the participants of the environmental movement against the Sardar Sarovar Dam, located on the Narmada River in India, by undertaking qualitative research methods. Data is collected through individual and group interviews, and non-participant observation method during the field trip undertaken in India. In the article, it is argued that if the environmental movements are elaborated as a process which have transformative effects on its participants, the concept of the “environmentalism of the malcontent” can be used to define the environmentalism of not only the ones with the middle-class qualities, but also that of other groups in the environmental movement.

  • Issue Year: 10/2018
  • Issue No: 2
  • Page Range: 156-180
  • Page Count: 25
  • Language: Turkish