Environment and Tribes in India: Resource Conflicts and Adaptations

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  • Author :Vineetha Menon
  • Year of Publication :2012
  • ISBN: :9788180698729
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 229
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Environmental Science, North East Indian Studies, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes

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About the Book :

In the contemporary times of increased and intensified global interactions, how do indigenous people like the adivasis/tribal people deal with their ecosystems, especially when states and dominant communities desire wealth from tourism promotion even in tribal habitats? How do contemporary governance structures and administrative policies impinge on the local people access to and control over the resources in their habitat? Experiences of indigenous people have varied: adaptations, conservation efforts, long drawn-out resistances, conflicts over ethnicity, and in some areas, even political radicalism. In situations of conflicts over resources, indigeneity itself is constantly questioned as people are displaced, over and over again, or they are forced to migrate in search of better lives. This context of global-local, inter-local and intra-local inter-linkages, conflicts and co-operation, wrapped around the dialectic of ecological and commercial concerns, frames the bringing together of the papers in this volume. While conflicts and stress are intrinsic to a perspective that views nature as a mere resource and aim to exploit it for short-term material comforts, there are also efforts at conservation and regeneration. When responsible international collaboration, committed state initiatives and peoples informed and engaged participation join hands, humanity could rise to a new level of consciousness and justice.

About Author :

Vineetha Menon, Former Head of the Department of Anthropology and Dean of Humanities, is Professor of Anthropology and co-ordinator of the UGC Special Assistance Programme on Tribes of Kerala: Development and Change in Kannur University, Kerala, India. After post-graduate degrees in Sociology and in Anthropology from Jawaharlal Nehru University and the University of British Columbia respectively, she obtained Ph.D in Cultural Anthropology from York University (Canada) where she was a Commonwealth Scholar (1990-95). Her research interests are both wide and focused. Interested in both theory and practice, she has worked on a variety of issues ranging from those related to anthropological theory and methods to interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary issues of Inclusive and Sustainable Development, Governance and Decentralisation, Natural Resource Management, Gender Justice, Marginalised Populations, Social Movements, Anthropology of Health and Healing, Utilisation of Knowledge, etc. Among her publications are the volumes: Alleviating Poverty-Case Studies of Local-level Linkages and Processes in the Developing World (co-edited with PR Gopinathan Nair and KN Nair); Confronting Violence Against Women-Engendering Kerala Development Experience (edited with K.N. Nair); Water Insecurity, Institutions and Livelihood Dynamics: A Study in Plachimada, Kerala, (with Antonyto Paul and K.N. Nair); and, Social Change in Kerala-- Insights from Micro-levelStudies (edited with K.N. Nair) and many articles in peer reviewed national and international journals.