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Striving for Sustainability: Environmental Stress and Democratic Initiatives in Kerala

Richard W. Franke (Author) Srikumar Chattopadhyay (Author)
Synopsis This books takes stock of kerala’s environmental decline as well as people’s response towards possible alternatives that meet the basic criteria for sustainability. Dealing with the world environmental crisis, with special reference to Kerala, it discusses at length kerala’s geographical setting, its environmental resource base, its macro and micro ecological zones, and causes of concern such as changes in landuse and landscape ecology. Emphasizing Kerala’s Initiatives for sustainable development, it takes a close look at various movements to protect Kerala’s environment, government initiatives for environment resource based Planning and people’s participation for sustainable development. This book will be useful for researchers, policy makers, environmentalists and development workers.
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About the author

Richard W. Franke

Richard W. Franke is a Professor of Anthropology at Montclair State University in New Jersey. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1972 and has worked in Surinam, Indonesia, West Africa, the Netherlands, France, and kerala in India. With Barbara H. Chasin, he co-authored Seeds of famine: Ecological destruction and the Development Dilemma in the West African Sahek (1980). He lived in Kerala for eight months during 1986-87, carried out research for Life is a Little better: Redistribution as a development Strategy in Nadur Village, Kerala (1993). Prof. Franke and Chasin have written Kerala: radical reform ad development in an Indian State (second edition, 1994). In 1998, Franke collaborated with Thomas Isaac and Pyaralal Raghvan on democracy at Work in an Indian Industrial Cooperative: The story of Kerala Dinesh Beedi; and in 2000 Local democracy and development: People’s Campaign for Decentralized Planning in Kerala.

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Title Striving for Sustainability: Environmental Stress and Democratic Initiatives in Kerala
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8180692949
length xxvi+350p., Tables; Figures; Maps; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.