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Title: Resource Accessibility and Vulnerability in Andhra Pradesh: Caste and Non-Caste Influences
Authors: Bosher, Lee S.
Penning-Rowsell, Edmund
Tapsell, Sue
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: © Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Citation: BOSHER, L.S., PENNING-ROWSELL, E. and TAPSELL, S., 2007. Resource Accessibility and Vulnerability in Andhra Pradesh: Caste and Non-Caste Influences. Development and Change, 38 (4), pp. 615 - 640
Abstract: Coastal Andhra Pradesh in southern India is prone to tropical cyclones. Access to key resources can reduce the vulnerability of the local population to both large-scale disasters, such as cyclones, and to the sort of small-scale crises that affect their everyday lives. This article uses primary fieldwork to present a resource accessibility vulnerability index for over 300 respondents. The index indicates that caste is the key factor in determining who has assets, who can access public facilities, who has political connections and who has supportive social networks. The ‘lower’ castes (which tend to be the poorest) are marginalized to the extent that they lack access to assets, public facilities and opportunities to improve their plight. However, the research also indicates that the poor and powerless lower castes are able to utilize informal social networks to bolster their resilience, typically by women’s participation with CBOs and NGOs. Nevertheless it is doubtful whether this extra social capital counterbalances the overall results which show that — despite decades of counteractions by government — caste remains a dominant variable affecting the vulnerability of the people of coastal Andhra Pradesh to the hazards that they face.
Description: This article was published in the journal, Development and Change [© Blackwell Publishing]. The definitive version is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-7660.2007.00426.x
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/4246
ISSN: 0012-155X
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