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Protecting sacred-groves: community-led environmental organizing by santhals of eastern India

Collection:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center (ACDC)
Contributor:
Dutta, Uttaran (main author)
Format:
Online journal article
Publication Date:
2019-01-01
URL:
https://doi.org/10.1080/17524032.2019.1585895
Published:
Taylor & Francis
Location:
Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, Funk Library, University of Illinois
Subject Term:
conservation, environment, environmental communication, natural resource management, community participation, indigenous population, India (Southern Asia), protective actions, mobilization, community initiative
Notes:
17 pages., via online journal., In the face of widespread degradation of natural resources (including deforestation), and socio-economic disparities, underserved populations from rural and indigenous spaces of the global south face challenges to conserve environmental resources. Many of these spaces, such as sacred-groves, are important to indigenous people and are deeply intertwined with their identity, worldviews and existence. This research, embracing principles of critical/cultural environmental communication, examines how indigenous people of eastern India mobilized collectively to protect their sacred environmental resources, thus improving community members’ well-being. Paying attention to engaged environmental action; critical listening and dialoguing; and local-centric participation, this research argues that contextually meaningful and community-led environmental initiatives help motivate and raise consciousness among future generations as well as among wider indigenous (and marginalized) populations.