How can Asset Accumulation Strategies be Meaningful for Adivasis in Southern India?

Posted: 18 Apr 2010

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Shoba Arun

Manchester Metropolitan University

Samuel Kobina Annim

University of Manchester

Thankom Gopinath Arun

University of Central Lancashire

Date Written: April 16, 2010

Abstract

This paper is motivated by the observation that type and combination of assets play a significant role in reducing incidences of shocks by asset-poor households. Asset-based strategies treat assets not just as resources, but also as an agency to transform such resources to improve livelihood choices and tackle risks and shocks. Focusing on the case of adivasi households in the South Indian state of Kerala, we find that the type, number and combinations of specific assets (primarily social and physical capital) yield varied magnitudes of household resilience to both idiosyncratic and covariate shocks. Thus, social policies for specific social groups need to focus on the nature of asset and their combination, rather than welfare-based considerations.

Keywords: asset accumulation, shocks, poverty, social and physical assets, adivasi

Suggested Citation

Arun, Shoba and Annim, Samuel Kobina and Arun, Thankom Gopinath, How can Asset Accumulation Strategies be Meaningful for Adivasis in Southern India? (April 16, 2010). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1590924

Shoba Arun (Contact Author)

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Samuel Kobina Annim

University of Manchester ( email )

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HOME PAGE: http://ssrn.com/author=1001830

Thankom Gopinath Arun

University of Central Lancashire ( email )

United Kingdom

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