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- DescriptionA rich ethgraphy of ecopolitics in Hong Kong in the late 1990s, as the region shifted to Chinese sovereignty, Ecologies of Comparison describes how ecological concepts of uniqueness and scale resonated among environmentalists, including those seeking to preserve a species of white dolphin, to protect an aging fishing village from redevelopment, and to legitimize air quality as an object of political and medical concern. During his research, Tim Choy became increasingly interested in the power of the tion of specificity. While documenting the expert and lay production of Hong Kong's biological, cultural, and political specificities, he began comparing the logics and narrative forms that made different types of specificity-such as species, culture, locality, and state automy-possible and meaningful. He came to understand these logics and forms as ecologies of comparison, conceptual practices through which an event or form of life comes to matter in environmentalist and other political terms. Choy's ethgraphy is about environmentalism, Hong Kong, and the ways that we think about environmentalism in Hong Kong and other places. It is also about how politics, freedom, culture, expertise, and other concepts figure in comparison-based kwledge practices.
- Author BiographyTim Choy is Associate Professor in the Science and Technology Studies Program and the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis.
- Author(s)Timothy Choy
- PublisherDuke University Press
- Date of Publication17/10/2011
- SubjectEnvironment & Planning
- Series TitleExperimental Futures
- Place of PublicationNorth Carolina
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintDuke University Press
- Content Note2 figures
- Weight363 g
- Width3963 mm
- Height5969 mm
- Spine15 mm
- Format DetailsTrade paperback (US)
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