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Tribal Studies and Beyond: Contributions of D.N. Majumdar to Indian Anthropology

H.S. Saksena (Author)

Dhirendra Nath Majumdar was one of the pioneers of anthropological research in India. He joined the Department of Economics & Sociology, University of Lucknow in 1928. In the course of his 32 years of academic work he created in Lucknow an exceptional centre for anthropological studies through the institutions and journals he founded. Trying to relate the basic concepts of anthropology to the general public, he popularized the concept of ‘public anthropology’ and was also instrumental in promoting anthropology in Hindi.

H.S. Saksena, one of his prominent students, has in this ‘expositional’ book on Majumdar’s life and works explicated his contributions to tribal ethnography, covering communities from a wide range of habitat, cultural and economic life, and social organization. The book also considers Majumdar’s post-1947 studies of changing caste structure and dynamics seen in the Indian villages, rural development programmes and problems, urban settlements, composition of the working class, and emerging problems such as unemployment among the educated. In his earlier works on tribal communities, Majumdar had improved upon available methods of ethnographic study and analysis. Majumdar’s anthropometric and serological surveys of select communities and groups in Bengal, Gujarat, and Uttar Pradesh as well as his contributions to other fields of anthropology have also been discussed.

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About the author

H.S. Saksena

H.S. Saksena, former Director, National Commission of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, and presently, one of the editors of The Eastern Anthropologist. He was a member, Vision 20 Committee of Planning Commission. His books include Constitutional Safeguards for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, An exploration in the Constitutional Assembly Debates (1978), Perspectives in Tribal Development (1988), and Putting People Last (1999).

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Title Tribal Studies and Beyond: Contributions of D.N. Majumdar to Indian Anthropology
Author H.S. Saksena
Format Hardcover
Date published: 08.12.2017
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 9788131609095
length xii+300p., 1 Illustration Black and White; 25cm.