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Anthropological Perspectives on Indian Tribes
Subhadra Mitra Channa
Price
395.00
ISBN
9789352879991
Language
English
Pages
308
Format
Paperback
Dimensions
140 x 216 mm
Year of Publishing
2020
Territorial Rights
World
Imprint
Orient Blackswan

Anthropological Perspectives on Indian Tribes provides a lucid yet critical reading on the Indian tribes in their historical and political contexts. It attempts to introduce the young reader to a view of tribes that goes beyond many of the commonly understood concepts and prejudices that are set deep in the popular idea of 'tribe'.

Through ethnographic examples and engagement with theoretical works, knowledge and theories about tribes are explored within the broad categories of kinship, religion, subsistence, law and politics. Students will learn:

• that definitions and concepts of 'tribe' are not absolute, but need to be interpreted in their historical and political contexts;
• how classifications such as 'primitive', 'backward' and 'isolated' are stereotypes, which have informed the thinking of not only citizens, but also of policymakers; and
• that 'tribes' are not relics of the past, but exist as living, contemporary social entities.

This comprehensive work on Indian tribes provides a theoretical understanding of the diverse world views that govern the functioning of tribal societies. Providing insights into ground-level situations that may contribute to a better governance of tribal populations, it will encourage students of sociology and social anthropology to develop a critical and analytical attitude towards the discipline.

Subhadra Mitra Channa is retired Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Delhi.

Abbreviations
Preface
1. Tribe: Who, What and Why?
2. Social Life of Tribes: Marriage, Family, Kinship and Gender
3. Livelihoods and Environment
4. Religion and World View
5. Concepts of Justice and Legal Mechanisms of Tribal Societies
6. Tribes and the State
7. The Present and the Future: Globalisation, Identity and the Road Ahead
Index
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