Book Digest: Mapping immigration as hope, chasing world-class urbanism and more

From accounts of urban history to state of Indian agriculture, DTE tracks new, contemporary books on environment and development from leading authors  

By DTE Staff
Published: Friday 21 August 2020

The Resilient City in World War II: Urban Environmental Histories| Simo Laakkonen, JR McNeill, Richard P Tucker, Timo Vuorisalo| Palgrave Macmillan | August 14, 2020

This collection uncovers the creative survival strategies that city-dwellers of all kinds turned to in the midst of environmental devastation. As the first major study at the intersection of environmental, urban, and military history, The Resilient City in World War II lays the groundwork for an improved understanding of rapid change in urban environments, and how societies may adapt.

Unearthed: The Environmental History of Independent | Meghaa Gupta | Puffin| August 10, 2020

From the Green Revolution to the National Action Plan on Climate Change, Unearthed: An Environmental History of Independent India chronicles the country's historical movements and significant green missions since 1947.

Interspersed with lots of trivia, tales of eco-heroes and humorous cartoons, this easy-to-read account uncovers the story of a past with the hope that we will rewrite India’s future.

The Next Great Migration: The Beauty and Terror of Life on the Move | Sonia Shah | Bloomsbury India | July 28, 2020

Tracking the history of misinformation from the 18th century through to today’s anti-immigration policies, The Next Great Migration makes the case for a future in which migration is not a source of fear, but of hope.

The State of Indian Agriculture: Agricultural Productivity, Food Security and Climate Change | Sanjeev Kumar | SAGE Publications Pvt Ltd| August 19, 2020

The State of Indian Agriculture examines the present scenario of Indian agriculture and studies the trends at national as well as state level. The overall objective of the book is to analyse the impact of climate change on Indian agriculture and its implications for food security.

The book recommends strategies to enhance productivity and the adoption of climate-smart practices to promote sustainable agriculture, thereby ensuring food security in India.

COVID-19 and Global Food Security| Johan Swinnen, John McDermott | July 26, 2020

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic has sparked not only a health crisis but also an economic crisis. They together pose a serious threat to food security, particularly in poorer countries.

COVID-19 & Global Food Security brings together a groundbreaking series of IFPRI blog posts looking at the impacts of COVID-19 and the policy responses.

International Food Policy Research Institute researchers and guest bloggers provide key insights and analysis on how the global pandemic is affecting global poverty and food security and nutrition, food trade and supply chains, gender, employment and a variety of policy interventions, as well as reflections on how we can use these lessons to better prepare for future pandemics.

COVID-19: India’s Passage to Renaissance Kindle Edition| SJ Sangode | 24by7Publishing | August 13, 2020

This book makes virtual assessment of the COVID-19 situation, finding it as the best time for a renaissance with apt conditions for revolutions in all the sectors, in Indian context.

The anthology imagines for a precise integration of revolutions with analogy of three basic colors (green for agriculture, blue for ocean and red for the government), with education as the instrument to create the white color of renaissance.

Chasing World-Class Urbanism: Global Policy versus Everyday Survival in Buenos Aires| Jacob Lederman| University Of Minnesota Press| July 14, 2020

The author explores the influence of Northern non-governmental organisations and multilateral agencies on a prominent city of the global South.

Using empirical data, keen observations and interviews with people ranging from urban planners to street vendors, he explores how transnational best practices actually affect the lives of city dwellers.

This book is a much-needed guide to the intersections of culture, ideology, and the realities of twenty-first-century life in a major Latin American city, one that illuminates the tension between technocratic aspirations and lived experience. 


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