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Globalization and the Human Right to Feed Oneself

Weber, Eberhard (2014) Globalization and the Human Right to Feed Oneself. In: Sustainable Alternatives for Poverty Reduction and Eco-Justice. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, pp. 308-324. ISBN 1-4438-6689-X, ISBN; 978-1-4438-6689-7

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On December 26, 2004 a tsunami triggered by an earthquake west of caused serious damage in India, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and Bangladesh. Almost 300,000 lives were lost and several million people put at risk of sliding into even more poverty. Particularly coastal fishing communities all over the region were severely affected. They suffered heavy losses in lives and their means of production were destroyed and their sources of livelihood put at risk. This chapter takes the tsunami in the Indian Ocean as a starting point to reflect on social and economic change in fishing communities along the Coromandel Coast of Tamil Nadu, India. It argues that processes of globalization made small-scale fishermen more vulnerable than they had been before. Forces triggered by globalization took away people’s ability to control their destinies and adequately respond to challenges. Today they might be richer than a hundred years ago, but at the same time they are less resilient to resist to and recover from events that put their lives and livelihoods at risk.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Additional Information: Refereed version
Uncontrolled Keywords: Fisheries, modernization, social vulnerability, human rights, India
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
K Law > KZ Law of Nations
Divisions: Faculty of Science, Technology and Environment (FSTE) > School of Geography, Earth Science and Environment
Depositing User: Eberhard Weber
Date Deposited: 09 Jan 2015 00:26
Last Modified: 27 May 2016 02:31

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