Livelihood Strategies in Southern India

Conservation and Poverty Reduction in Forest Fringes

  • Seema Purushothaman
  • Rosa Abraham

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Kanmani Venkateswaran, Siddhartha Krishnan, Poosanavel Saravanan, M. C. Kiran, S. C. Gladwin Joseph
    Pages 19-31
  3. A. Kavitha, S. C. Gladwin Joseph, Nitin D. Rai, Rosa Abraham
    Pages 33-48
  4. Tarsh Thekaekara, Nishita Vasanth, Thomas F. Thornton
    Pages 49-69
  5. Priya Gupta, Seema Purushothaman, Benson Issac, Akai Mao
    Pages 71-87
  6. Rosa Abraham, Seema Purushothaman, Soubadra Devy
    Pages 89-107
  7. Sharachchandra Lele, Seema Purushothaman, Sham Kashyap
    Pages 135-156
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 209-217

About this book


This volume is a compilation of essays that focus on livelihood issues faced by forest communities of the southern Western Ghats region of India. Communities living along the fringes of forests are, more often than not, overlooked in academic and policy discussions. However, they face considerable pressures, being sandwiched between conservation endeavours and the forces of urbanization and commercialization. The chapters in this book provide an insight into the kinds of livelihood issues these communities face and the potential means that can be adopted to sustain these livelihoods. This volume provides a unique alternative perspective by locating livelihood issues within socio-ecological-economic narratives of communities living at the intersection of the three southern Indian states of Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu, and suggests directions for policies to address these challenges.


Adaptive Livelihood Strategies in India Conservation Policies in India Livelihood Around Forests in Southern India Livelihood Strategies of Forest Communities People and Forests in India Sustainable Development in India

Editors and affiliations

  • Seema Purushothaman
    • 1
  • Rosa Abraham
    • 2
  1. 1.Azim Premji UniversityBangaloreIndia
  2. 2.Institute for Social and Economic ChangeBangaloreIndia

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