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The Toda People of South India: Between Tradition and Modernity

Anthony R. Walker (Author)
Synopsis This book (a reissue with the title slightly changed of the 1998 volume) comprises essays written by Anthony Walker on the Toda people of South India and published over the period 1985 to1993. The first essay "Toda Society: Between Tradition and Modernity", provides the backdrop to all that is to follow. The second, "A Thousand Out of Eight Hundred Million: Who Cares?" explains why the Toda, one of India's smallest communities, are among its best known in the ethnographic record. The next two essays deal with aspects of Toda ethnography, but presented in radically different ways. Chapter 3 is a polemical paper attacking some and supporting other modern secondary analyses of the Toda kinship and marriage systems. Chapter 4 is a straightforward account in popular style off a well-known Toda ritual: a man gives a symbolic bow and arrow to a pregnant woman in token of his acceptance of the paternity of his unborn child. Chapter 5 takes up the subject of the earliest Christian missio
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About the author

Anthony R. Walker

Anthony Walker, a social anthropologist, was educated at Tobridge School, Kent (1954-9), Osmania University, Hyderabad (B.A. 1961) and Oxford University (Dip. In Anthropology 1964, M. Litt. 1965, D. Phil. (1972). He has worked as research officer at the Tribal Research Institute, Chiang Mai, Thailand (1966-70) and taught socio-cultural anthropology, with special reference to India and Southeast Asia, at the Science University of Malaysia, Penang (1972-79), the National University of Singapore (1979-86) and the Ohio State University (1986-96). He was Fellow in charge of ethnographic research at the University of the South Pacific’s Institute of Pacific Studies in Suva, Ffiji (1996-99) before moving to his present post in the anthropology and sociology unit at the University of Brunei Darussalam. Walker has conducted fieldwork among the Toda (since 1961) and among the Lahu (in North Thailand since 1966 and in Yunnan, China, since 1990). Among the books he has authored or edited are Farmers in the Hills: Upland North Thailand (1975), The Toda of South India: A New Look (1986), The Highland (1992), New Place Old Ways: Indian Society & Culture in Modern Sigapore (1994), Mvuh Hpa Mi Hpa: An Epic Myth of the Lahu People in Yunnan (1995), My Village, My World: Everyday Life in Nadoriam Fiji (2001) (with Solomoni Biturogoiwasa) and Merit and the Millennium: Routine and Crisis in the Ritual Lives of the Lahu Peoples (2003). Anthony Walker is married to Pauline Hetland, his ever reliable and vigilant editor. Their son, Michael Arun, has a degree in Fie Arts; his illustrations grace several of his father’s books, including the cover of this volume.

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Title The Toda People of South India: Between Tradition and Modernity
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 2nd ed.
Language: English
isbn 8176463671
length xx+270p., Tables; Plates; Maps; Appendices; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.