(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Decentralization and the cultural politics of natural resource management in Kerala, India

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)


  • School of Humanities, Univ. of New South Wales, Sydney, AUSTRALIE


This article examines decentralization and the cultural politics of natural resource management in Kerala, India. The proposed construction of a dam along the Chalakkudy River will displace two colonies of the Kadar tribe in Chalakkudy and Athirapilly towns, destroy habitats of local wildlife and devastate unique riverine vegetation endemic to the region. The author's interviews reveal that tribal communities perceive that their place in society restricts their contribution regarding natural resource management and use. The paper suggests that unless the culture of planning and decision making in the state are changed, decentralized strategies will be ineffective, resulting in a predominately top-down approach towards natural resource management, and will negate Kerala's goal of democratic decentralization


Article of periodic

published at : Singapore journal of tropical geography / ISSN 0129-7619 / CODEN SJTGD5

Editor : University of Singapore, Singapore - SINGAPOUR (1980)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 35, no3 [pp. 397-411]

Bibliographic references : 3 p.



INIST-CNRS, Cote INIST : 12443 A

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