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Ecologies of Comparison


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A rich ethnography of ecopolitics in Hong Kong in the late 1990s

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii
Note on Transliteration xi
1. Problems of a Political Nature 1
Passions 19
2. Endangerment 23
Slow 51
3. Specific Life 53
Chess 73
4. Articulated Knowledges 76
Hair 106
5. Earthly Vocations 109
Hiking 137
6. Air's Substantiations 139
Notes 169
Bibliography 185
Index 199

About the Author

Tim Choy is Associate Professor in the Science and Technology Studies Program and the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Davis.


"This beautifully written book urges us to take another look at some of our most important tools for thinking. What do comparisons do? Why do we use examples? When does it matter if components of our world are specific to their times and places? Ecologies of Comparison offers a stimulating tour into both Hong Kong's environmental politics and the work of political analysis itself." Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, author of Friction: An Ethnography of Global Connection "Tim Choy's much-anticipated meditation on the many forms of life to be found in Hong Kong environmentalism is a bracing read. Taking knowledge itself as his object, Choy shows how the deep complicity of ethnography, theory, and politics offers not only profound challenges to scholarly practice but also new opportunities and horizons. Ecologies of Comparison is original, contemporary, and resonant. A true breath of fresh air." Hugh Raffles, author of In Amazonia: A Natural History and Insectopedia

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