This is a comprehensive sociological study of the processes and problems of development induced displacement and its ramifications on the socio– economic, cultural, psychological, political, ecological and environmental aspects of the project affected persons.
The book, besides identifying the impact of forced resettlement on the social structure, values, beliefs, customs, and cultural existential condition, also analyses some specific problems like marginal isation, increased morbidity and mortality, food insecurity and loss of access to common property resources. Most importantly, it ascertains the attitude of the land oustees towards the project and associated agencies. Last but not the least, it evaluates the adequacy and limitations of various rules and regulations governing the Land Acquisition Act and also resettlement and rehabilitation process and its understanding by the affected people.
From this book, it will be analyzed that development projects th ough are associated with numerous consequences; they are largely associated with risks due to displacement and resettlement processes. These risks as indicated by most research findings, cause impoverishments and deterioration to the livelihoods of resettl ed households and vulnerable categories of people such as the women, poor households and the elderly.