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A New Moral Economy for India's Forests?

Nandini Sunder (Editor) Roger Jeffery (Editor)
Synopsis The book begins with a comprehensive introduction by the editors which focuses on the concept of 'community participation' in forest conservation. They argue that a 'new moral economy' is in the process of being evolved. In recognising the legitimacy of 'local' involvement, JFM policies and strategies tend to impose new, limited rights and understand customary claims selectively due to distorted notions of who constitutes a 'community' and why, and what constitutes 'participation' in natural resource management. The essays that follow take up a variety of important topics such as examining the discourse on community participation in forest management in a historical and conceptual framework; discussing the nature of the 'community' which is expected to participate; evaluating the possible forms of participation; exploring the discourses that thave developed around questions of gender and class; understanding the respective roles of the community, NGOs and forest department in JFM; and assessing the problems involved in 'going to scale' and developing full-fledged projects. Overall, the contributors highlight the need for greater attention to regional networks of power and resource use. Community participation, they argue, must allow the local populace to choose their own methods of conservation and not degenerate into merely another way of co-opting villagers into the agenda of the state. Comprising original essays which report recent research and field experiences from all over India, this thought-provoking volume will interest those in the fields of environment studies, forestry, economics, management, politics, human geography, sociology, social anthropology and development studies as well as policymakers, bureaucrats and non-governmental organisations.
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About the authors

Nandini Sunder

Nandini Sundar is professor, department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics. She has previously worked at Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Institute of economic growth. Delhi. Her books include Subalterns and Sovereigns: An Anthropological History of Bastar, 1854-1996 (1997).

Roger Jeffery

Roger Jeffery holds a personal chair in the Sociology of South Asia in the University of Edinburgh. His research interests are in social demography, rural social change, social aspects of forestry and education and social inequality. Since 1982 he has carried out three extended periods of research in Bijnor District, each concerned with gender relationships. His publications include (with Patricia Jeffery) Labour Pains and Labour Power (1989); Gender, Population and Politics (1997); and Don’t Marry Me to Plowman! (1996). His most recent fieldwork (with Craig Jeffrey) was on secondary schooling and social inequalities.

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Title A New Moral Economy for India's Forests?
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1999
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0761993541
length 312p., Glossary; Bibliography; Index; 20cm.