Situating Conserving Communities in their Place: Political Economy of Kullu Devban

dc.contributor.authorVasan, Sudhaen_US
dc.contributor.authorKumar, Sanjayen_US
dc.coverage.countryIndiaen_US
dc.coverage.regionMiddle East & South Asiaen_US
dc.date.accessioned2009-07-31T14:57:58Z
dc.date.available2009-07-31T14:57:58Z
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.date.submitted2007-08-23en_US
dc.date.submitted2007-08-23en_US
dc.description.abstract"The contemporary dynamics of two neighboring Kullu devban (sacred groves) are analysed in this article. One of these devban is a model of community conservation based on indigenous belief system and management practices. The other suffered the opposite fate and was harvested in the last decade. While this latter devban is a challenge to simple models that view sacred groves as archetypical institutions of community conservation, the presence of the former shows that straightforward critiques of community-based conservation present only a partial picture. An ethnographic study of two taken locally, the key influences determining their changing and diverse fate emanate from spheres of property regimes, state policy and an environmental discourse that originate beyond the local community. The pre-colonial communal property of Kullu devta's was transformed into private property in colonial records. The environmentalist turn in state, donor agency and NGO policies and discourse, and recent institutions of self governance and resource management that attempt to recreate community play an important role in devban dynamics. While the micro-political analysis of devban reveals fault-lines in the world of social actors whose actions directly impinge on devban, an understanding of current trends influencing them requires a macro-political economic perspective. The political economy of Kullu devban is complex, dynamic and under-determined, and due to all these characters it permits diverse outcomes on the ground."en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournalConservation and Societyen_US
dc.identifier.citationmonthAprilen_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber2en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume4en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10535/3163
dc.subjectconservationen_US
dc.subjectcommunity developmenten_US
dc.subjectcitizen participatory managementen_US
dc.subjectpolitical economyen_US
dc.subject.sectorSocial Organizationen_US
dc.subject.sectorGeneral & Multiple Resourcesen_US
dc.subject.sectorForestryen_US
dc.submitter.emailefcastle@indiana.eduen_US
dc.titleSituating Conserving Communities in their Place: Political Economy of Kullu Devbanen_US
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.type.publishedpublisheden_US
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