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Social Support for Hunter-gatherers: Care or Curse?

SEETHA KAKKOTH
Economic and Political Weekly
Vol. 44, No. 36 (SEPTEMBER 5-11, 2009), pp. 70-73
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25663520
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Abstract

This paper tries to understand, from an emic perspective, the different dimensions of social support among the Cholanaickan, a hunter-gatherer community in Kerala. It tries to understand why the support system extended by the State has ended as being perceived as a "curse" rather than as "care". Their experience with the social support extended to them by the welfare state especially in housing is not congenial to their emotional system. The most useful form of support is one which is mediated and internalised within a peoples' existing social support systems. The paper argues for a more responsible and responsive approach from the welfare state.

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