Indigenous forest use practices and sustainability : a case study of the Adivasis of the Nilgiri Biosphere region, South India

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dc.contributor.advisor Dalton, Anne Marie
dc.coverage.spatial India
dc.creator Dudley, Ann M.
dc.date.accessioned 2011-05-09T12:31:53Z
dc.date.available 2011-05-09T12:31:53Z
dc.date.issued 1999
dc.identifier.other SD223 D83 1999
dc.identifier.uri http://library2.smu.ca/xmlui/handle/01/22334
dc.description 139, [9] leaves : col. ill., col.map ; 28 cm.
dc.description Includes abstract.
dc.description Includes bibliographical references (leaves [140-145]).
dc.description.abstract The adivasis, or tribal peoples of India, have many practices that promote the sustainability of their forest environments. Such practices are supported by animistic beliefs in which trees and other natural phenomena are inhabited by spirits. This thesis is a case study which explores indigenous knowledge and sustainable livelihoods among tribals encountered in the Nilgiri Biosphere region, (located at the tri-state conjunction of Kerala, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu), as well as examining how their lifestyles may have changed due to modernisation. Data was obtained through visits with NGOs and interviews with the tribals with whom they worked, attained over a four-month period of travelling within the region. All of the tribals interviewed discussed hardships experienced due to a denial of their traditional rights in the forest. This phenomenon is also supported in the literature. The preservation of cultural diversity, and the valuing of ecological world views, is essential in order to combat capitalist homogenisation and promote sustainable development. (Abstract shortened by UMI.)
dc.language.iso en
dc.publisher Halifax, N.S. : Saint Mary's University
dc.subject.lcc SD223
dc.subject.lcsh Sustainable forestry -- India, South
dc.subject.lcsh Adivasis -- India, South
dc.subject.lcsh Animism -- India
dc.subject.lcsh Ethnoscience -- India, South
dc.title Indigenous forest use practices and sustainability : a case study of the Adivasis of the Nilgiri Biosphere region, South India
dc.type Text
thesis.degree.name Master of Arts in International Development Studies
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline International Development Studies Program
thesis.degree.grantor Saint Mary's University (Halifax, N.S.)


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