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Branching Out: Joint Forest Management in India

Nandini Sundar (Author) Roger Jeffery (Author) Neil Thin (Author)
Synopsis This book is a collaborative review of the Joint Forest Management (JFM) programme in India, which is a relatively recent attempt to make forest policy socially responsible. It is a scholarly yet refreshingly analytical study of the origins, regional variations, and shortcomings of various JFM projects. The book is a rare combination of extensive field study, social science insights and policy studies. It shows that far from being a simple, unified programme, JFM is a complex outcome of debates, policies and practices, all recent in ecological and institutional terms, and all constantly evolving. The authors demonstrate how the livelihood objectives of poor people living in and around forests are still far from being met. Despite the officially explicit objective of JFM—afforestation of degraded lands—this book reveals that in practice, governments have had other implicit agenda. In the process of implementing ‘participatory’ forestry, communities and their needs are being reconfigured. The volume combines detailed ethnographic work at the village level with a survey of NGOs and forest departments at the state and national levels. With the fieldwork spread over sixteen villages in Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa and Andhra Pradesh, the book will be of widespread interest to a broad spectrum of readers including researchers and students of environment and ecology, economists, sociologists, activists, and policy-makers in the development sector.
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About the author

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 Branching Out: Joint Forest Management in India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 195656520
length xv+289p., Tables; Maps; 23cm.