Differential perception of livelihood issues of tribal women: The case of Attappadi the state in Kerala, India

Publication Date : 31/08/2015

Author(s) :

Sachana, P.C , Anilkumar. A.

Volume/Issue :
Volume 1
Issue 8
(08 - 2015)

Abstract :

This research has been done on the basis of qualitative and quantitative data collected from primary sources and discussed livelihood issues of tribal women in Attappadi in a descriptive manner. Tribal women being the most vulnerable and deprived section, fall prey to various levels of exploitation and discrimination by the rest of the society. The very working of the development paradigm, by uprooting them from their niche, language, modes of understanding, livelihood etc., prove to be against their interests. Tribal women in the state of Kerala have usually enjoyed a higher social status in their own communities than Indian women in general. But the entry of non tribals to tribal regions and niche brought several changes in their life. The perceptions on livelihood issues based on importance were different for tribal women and the non-tribal respondents in the study. The major livelihood issues faced by the tribal women were poverty, alcoholism, inadequacy of food as per nutritional requirements, wild animal menace in agricultural lands, lack of electricity connectivity, and addiction to narcotics.

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