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Title: Knowledge, power and practice in community forestry : a case from Nepal's Terai
Author: Paudel, Krishna Prasad
ISNI:       0000 0004 2672 1586
Awarding Body: University of Reading
Current Institution: University of Reading
Date of Award: 2009
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Originally, community forestry policy was developed to enhance the livelihoods of forest-dependent communities whilst ensuring the sustainability of the forest resource itself. Despite this, however, some people gain control over the forest resources, while others in the community are deprived, despite their legitimate claims granted by the policy. This research outlines how the outcomes of CF have been shaped through symbolic power that has enabled the reinforcement of historically rooted, dominant and dominated relations in a dialectical fashion. This research uses a case study of Community Forestry (CF) in Nepal, in which practice was analysed by observations of forestry practice in field. This research draws evidence and experience from three different levels: macro- forestry intervention in Nepal's Terai region, meso-Community Forest Users Group (CFUG) level, and micro- village level. The field research was conducted in Chautari CFUG of Nawalparasi District in the central Terai region of Nepal. The data from the field was complemented and enriched with the researcher's own past experiences to deepen interpretive insights into the practice of CF in the region. The field process combined reflections on the historical context of the area along with observations of actors' interactions and engagement. Thesis provides an explanation of why and how the embedded and historically rooted traditions of forestry institutions, actors' values and beliefs are brought to bear upon CF practice. It identified three dominant agency groups that historically dominate the discourse - technocratic, bureaucratic and the social elite. All of these agencies are motivated to use their symbolic power - gained through social, cultural as well as economic areas -as a means to set themselves apart and alienate others in community forestry thereby reinforcing patterns of practice that maintain dependencies at all levels.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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