Displacement and forced settlement: Gypsies in Tamilnadu

Document Type

Book Chapter


Faculty of Community Services, Education and Social Sciences


School of International, Cultural and Community Studies / Centre for Research in Entertainment, Arts,Technology, Education and Communications




Meshack, D., & Griffin, C. (2002). Displacement and forced settlement: Gypsies in Tamilnadu. In: Chatty, D., & Colchester, M. (eds) Conservation and mobile indigenous peoples: Displacement, forced settlement and sustainable development. Berghahn Books: Oxford, UK.


Wildlife conservation and other environmental protection projects can have tremendous impact on the lives and livelihoods of the often mobile, difficult-to-reach, and marginal peoples who inhabit the same territory. The contributors to this collection of case studies, social scientists as well as natural scientists, are concerned with this human element in biodiversity. They examine the interface between conservation and indigenous communities forced to move or to settle elsewhere in order to accommodate environmental policies and biodiversity concerns. The case studies investigate successful and not so successful community-managed, as well as local participatory, conservation projects in Africa, the Middle East, South and South Eastern Asia, Australia and Latin America. There are lessons to be learned from recent efforts in community managed conservation and this volume significantly contributes to that discussion.