Forests and Tribal Livelihood: Changing Behaviours and Attitudes
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About the Book :
This book is about the changing character of forests and of livelihood of the forest-dwelling tribal people in India since independence, with particular reference to Gujarat. It analyses the impact of a number of interventions by the Central and the State Government, such as construction of dams, setting up of industries, and other developmental activities in these areas. It reviews, in particular, various laws adopted by the British colonial government as well as the government of Independent India regarding forests and the tribals, and how the tribal customary laws conflict with the laws of the modern state. Another focus of the book is the migration of the tribals, temporary or permanent, from rural to urban areas, from one rural area to another, or from one town to another. It analyses, in particular, how a number of tribals retain strong links with their original villages for the benefit of household members in both locations, and how increased migration has caused cultural disruption. The book dwells into the decreasing dependence of the tribals on the forest and its products, and the increasing adoption of alternative sources of livelihood such as dairy farming, horticulture, and modern techniques in agriculture. Finally, the book critically reviews policies regarding forests and the tribals, and suggests amendments.
About Author :
Lancy Lobo is a Doctorate in Sociology from the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. He is now the Director, Centre for Culture and Development, Vadodara. Earlier, he served as Director, Centre for Social Studies, Surat. He has conducted extensive studies on dalits, tribals, OBCs and minorities in rural and urban Gujarat. He was an International Fellow at the Woodstock Centre, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. during 1999-2000. He has authored and co-authored ten books.
Jayesh Shah is a Research Associate at the Centre for Culture and Development, Vadodara. He is a Doctorate in Management from The M.S. University of Baroda. He also holds post-graduate diplomas in Industrial Relations, Labour Laws, Organization Behaviour, Clinical Psychology and Computer Science. He has served as Chief Executive Officer in a leading international company for more than ten years. Earlier he worked as freelance Management Consultant for more than 10 years in Gujarat. He has conducted extensive studies on labour, employment and industry in his career. He has authored many articles in professional journals and co-authored four books.