The Scheduled Tribes and Their India

Author: Nandini Sundar
ISBN: 0199459711
Release Date: 2016-07-26

A people in need of quick modernization and mainstreaming, or a powerful defense against the advancing march of capitalist growth---these are the two most prominent and stereotypical images of Adivasis in contemporary India, and both do grave injustice to the ground realities. The category Scheduled Tribes, which is purely an administrative category, and does not reflect the immense diversity among the 500 different communities of tribals in India, comprising 8.6 per cent of Indias population, has acquired over a period of time, a distinct political and discursive salience. This collection of essays, divided in three parts, brings together a range of predominantly sociological and anthropological but broadly social science writing that reflects on and illuminates the jungle of dilemmas and conflicts that the scheduled tribes face as they navigate their way through everyday life. It highlights the enormity of social, cultural, linguistic, and politico-economic diversity among the so-called Scheduled Tribes in India, and aims to provide an intellectual platform for an engagement between the scheduled tribes and their India, as also to map the state of current sociological/anthropological writing and debate on the scheduled tribes.

Anthropology in the East

Author: Patricia Uberoi
Publisher: Seagull Books
ISBN: IND:30000110593054
Release Date: 2008-05-01
Genre: Social Science

Anthropology and sociology have long histories in India. Yet, with the exception of fieldwork experience, there is little research available on the institutional and material contexts of these disciplines or on the practices of pioneering anthropologists and sociologists. Filling this important gap, this book spans a century of life and work, from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century, and focuses on scholars with varying research trajectories. The book shows how local influences and personalities played a major role in shaping the field and it examines their common concern with nation-building, social reform and the value of science.

Indigeneity In India

Author: Bengt T. Karlsson
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 9781136219221
Release Date: 2013-10-28
Genre: Social Science

First published in 2006. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

Citizens First

Author: Meena Radhakrishna
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 019945969X
Release Date: 2016-02-11

This volume traces the trajectory of some 'names' with which this vulnerable section in India is addressed: tribals, adivasis, indigenous people or scheduled tribes. Straddling the historical with the contemporary, scholarly papers engage with shifting identities, forced migrations and absorption into informal economies.

Education and Society

Author: Meenakshi Thapan
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0199451311
Release Date: 2014-11-13
Genre: Social Science

Through an excellent selection of essays arranged in six thematic sections, this volume provides an overview of the major underlying concepts, processes and practices that explicate education in contemporary India. Most essays are grounded on empirical research and use ethnography in seeking to understand education from the perspective of students, teachers, as well as the institutional and non-institutional settings within which educational practices occur.

The People of India

Author: Herbert Risley
Publisher: Asian Educational Services
ISBN: 8120612655
Release Date: 1999-12-01
Genre: History

An indispensable volume written by the director of Ethnology in India, Herbert Risley. It gives a very full and scholarly account concerning the people of India. Chapter one classifies the people according to their physical types; chapter 2 classifies them according to the social types; chapter three is a very amusing section of the proverbs and popular saying of the people about themselves. Chapter four concerns the rituals of caste and marriage; Chapter 5 is on caste and religion, chapter 6 discuss the origins of caste, and chapter 7 notices caste and nationality. At the end are 7 appendices that give information on proverbs, maps of caste, anthropometric data, infant marriage laws, modern theories of caste, Kulin polygamy and the santhal and munda tribes. The book has 35 illustrations. This book is a reprint of the 1915 edition.

Social Exclusion and Adverse Inclusion

Author: Dev Nathan
Publisher: OUP India
ISBN: 9780198078937
Release Date: 2012-04-24
Genre: Social Science

This volume discusses the themes of exclusion and inclusion vis-à-vis the Adivasis in India. It locates Adivasis' development and impediments to their growth within a larger regional, national, and global, context, and provides a framework to overcome deprivation faced by them.

Social Conflict

Author: N. Jayaram
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0198074913
Release Date: 2011
Genre: Political Science

This volume examines the functioning of societies through a systematic study of a wide range of perspectives on conflict, including the historical implications in various spheres like family, culture, politics, and labour. It also discusses conflict resolution

The Sociology of Formal Organizations

Author: Abha Chaturvedi
Publisher: OUP India
ISBN: 0198067690
Release Date: 2010-04-29
Genre: Business & Economics

This reader seeks to develop a distinct identity for the theme of formal organizations in sociological research. It explores diverse organizations such as the civil service, hospitals, schools, cooperatives, business firms, development agencies, and trade unions.

Subalterns and Sovereigns

Author: Nandini Sundar
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 0195697049
Release Date: 2008
Genre: Social Science

Redefining the way history and anthropology view tribal India, this book explores the expansion of the state in Bastar over the past two centuries. Adivasis have always been part of a 'mainstream', but a 'mainstream' whose contours they have debated. Nandini Sundar studies the pre-colonialeconomy and polity, the critical rebellions and growing restrictions on customary rights in colonial times, and the relationship between colonial anthropology and the formation of laws. The second edition brings the book up to date discussing the contemporary socio-political developments inChhattisgarh and the contradictions faced by tribal societies today.

The Oxford India Elwin

Author: Verrier Elwin
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: UOM:39015080890570
Release Date: 2009
Genre: Social Science

From presenting, in Elwin's own words, the account of his going to work among the tribal peoples of central India, to affording glimpses of his seminal work on the unique institution of the ghotul among the Murias of Bastar, or relating Elwin's attempts at understanding the high incidence of murder and suicide among the Bison-horn Marias of Bastar, The Oxford India Elwin looks beyond the general and the oft-repeated to include within its covers the many fascinating discoveries that Verrier Elwin made while working among the different tribal communities in India. While the Introduction to Folk Songs of the Maikal Hills discusses the principles of translating folk poetry, the importance of the elements of nature, magic, the supernatural, and song and dance in tribal life is highlighted through selections from The Myths of Middle India. Whether providing glimpses of Elwin's travels in the remote Northeast, or discussing the effects of 'civilization' on tribal art, or describing the Naga people and their customs, or presenting the myths of the NEFA region, the effort is to bring the man, his thoughts and actions, the contributions he made towards upholding and preserving the cultural diversity of the Subcontinent, closer to readers through a single volume which will be both accessible and affordable. The book will be a valuable addition to the Oxford India Collection which includes the writings of Ghalib, Premchand, Ramanujan, Nehru, and Gandhi. Armed with a useful and perceptive Introduction by G.N. Devy, this edition will appeal to all those who know and adore Elwin, as also students and researchers of anthropology, cultural studies, and Indian history.

The Burning Forest

Author: Nandini Sundar
ISBN: 178873145X
Release Date: 2019-01-22
Genre: Political Science

The war between Maoists and the state in the heart of India The Burning Forest is an empathetic, moving account of what drives indigenous peasants to support armed struggle despite severe state repression, including lives lost, homes and communities destroyed. Over the past decade, the heavily forested,mineral-rich region of Bastar in central India has emerged as one of the most militarized sites in the country. The government calls the Maoist insurgency the "biggest security threat" to India. In 2005, a state-sponsored vigilante movement, the Salwa Judum, burnt hundreds of villages, driving their inhabitants into state-controlled camps, drawing on counterinsurgency techniques developed in Malaysia, Vietnam and elsewhere. Apart from rapes and killings, hundreds of 'surrendered' Maoist sympathisers were conscripted as auxiliaries. The conflict continues to this day, taking a toll on the lives of civilians, security forces and Maoist cadres. In 2007, Sundar and others took the Indian government to the Supreme Court over the human rights violations arising out ofthe conflict. In a landmark judgment, the Court in 2011 banned state supportfor vigilantism. The Burning Forest describes this brutal war in the heart of India, and what it tells us about the courts, media and politics of the country. The result is a granular and critical ethnography of Indian democracy over a decade.

Indigeneity Landscape and History

Author: Asoka Kumar Sen
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISBN: 9781351611862
Release Date: 2017-07-28
Genre: History

This book engages with notions of self and landscape as manifest in water, forest and land via historical and current perspectives in the context of indigenous communities in India. It also brings processes of identity formation among tribes in Africa and Latin America into relief. Using interconnected historical moments and representations of being, becoming and belonging, it situates the content and complexities of Adivasi self-fashioning in contemporary times, and discusses constructions of selfhood, diaspora, homeland, environment and ecology, political structures, state, marginality, development, alienation and rights. Drawing on a range of historical sources – from recorded oral traditions and village histories to contemporary Adivasi self-narratives – the volume will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of modern Indian history, sociology and social anthropology, tribal and indigenous studies and politics.