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Doyens of Indian Anthropology (1920-2019) Part-2

Amitabha Sarkar (Author) Samira Dasgupta (Author)

The discipline anthropology is Science of man. One has to understand man or human-being through various dimensions viz. social-cultural attributes, through physical aspect of human -being and its antecedents through palaeo-anthropological approach. The administrators of British India strongly felt that they could only smoothly rule this sub-continent if they were able to know the diverse religious beliefs, customs, customary laws and habits of Indian citizens. Because in this subcontinent diverse cultural attributes with diverse ethnic boundaries are harmoniously maintained and well respected. Our cultural heritage is signature with diversities. Under this backdrop how anthropological knowledge was helpful for the then administrators of British Government and accordingly the experts were inducted for good governance of the people under their administrative control. the present treatise is a continuation of earlier volume with same title published in 2019 fromthe same publishing House located at Delhi and compilation of some more Indian scholars who studied various Indian villages / ethic group which were helpful for the anthropological knowledge for further research work is done. Following these trend, there were a number of Indian scholars during this 100 years from 1920-2019, whose contributions in anthropological domain cannot be ignored.  Since 1920, anthropological studies covered many dimensions of Indian communities but the interest on kinship study shows a remarkable importance. To understand the social structure of a society through kinship behaviours of the people within the family and its outer world is important one; accordingly we have included ‘Study of Kinship Pattern and System’, followed by ‘Cultural Notion: Anthropology of Culture of Space Dynamics among the Indian Tribes--a tool of Community development’,’ Study on Culture and Communication’, an untold story in anthropology of Biraja Shankar Guha with Poska‘ and lastly how to understand Social/Cultural Change in Anthropological Perspective are also dealt. this book will not only be helpful for the students and faculty members of various institutions but also it will give light to present administrators of various States of our country for understanding the society through anthropological knowledge for better execution of developmental work under their control.

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About the authors

Amitabha Sarkar

Dr. Amitabha Sarkar has a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Calcutta University. His valuable empirical research in the arena of anthropology is ethnography, primitive art, culture change with special emphasis on the impact of industrialization and cultural ecology. Dr. Sarkar has published two books – Toto: Society and Change, and Dhodia: Industrialisation and Change in a Primitive Community. About twenty-six research papers have appeared so far in various leading scientific journals. He was nominated by the American Biographical Institute, Inc. U.S.A. and is a recipient of the Man of the Year, 1994, an international diploma of Cultural Honor and the 20th Century Achievement award. He joined the Anthropological Survey of India in 1977 and is serving as the Anthropologist and Head of the Department at the Anthropological Survey of India in Jagdalpur, Bastar (Madhya Pradesh).

Samira Dasgupta

Dr. (Mrs.) Samira Dasgupta (b. 1953) is a research personnel in the Cultural Anthropology Division of Anthropological Survey of India. She obtained her B.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Anthropology from the University of Calcutta. Her special interest is to study tribal ethnography, culture ecology and culture change in which these tribal people face a bi-cultural situation. She has till now completed several research projects from Anthropological Survey of India, Calcutta and submitted the reports to the office ad carried out extensive field work in the Chotanagpur plateau of Bihar, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Gujarat and also in various remote and isolated pockets of Bastar districts of M.P. She has also authored a book Birijia: Society and Contributor of articles and research papers to reputed journals and at this moment she has published about twenty three research papers in her credit. Dr. (Mrs. Dasgupta has joined the Anthropological Survey of India in 1977 and presently posted at it’s Sub-Regional Centre, Jagdalpur, Bastar (M.P.)

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Title Doyens of Indian Anthropology (1920-2019) Part-2
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2020
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9788194293750
length 250p., 25cm.