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Indigenous Institutions And Forest Conservation: User- Group Self-Initiatives In India – isec

Indigenous Institutions And Forest Conservation: User- Group Self-Initiatives In India

Abstract

This paper aims to explore self-initiatives in local resource management. Based on two village case studies, it suggests that the willingness of ‘rational’ individuals in a community to design their own institutions of collective action is based on the exigencies of their daily subsistence existence and the complex pattern of reciprocity built into their lifestyle over a lifetime of cohabitation. It limits itself to emphasizing possibilities of indigenous institutions and makes a case for recognizing them which otherwise are largely ignored under external development interventions.

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