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Encyclopaedia of Indian Tribes and Castes (In 23 Volumes)

Subhadra Channa (Editor) K.K. Misra (Editor) Buddhadeb Choudhuri (Editor) B.K. Roy Burman (Editor)
Synopsis Encyclopaedia of Indian Tribes and Castes is the result of the need felt by the scholars, researchers, teachers, and administrators for a reference work on Indian ethnology which can rise above the usual complexity and confusion in finding reliable and trustworth information in this vast and highly important area. The vast and detailed information contained in the pages of this pioneering work makes it an ideal and invaluable reference tool for the confirmation of sociological, anthropological, ethnological, historical, and cultural facts about the tribes and castes spread all over the Indian subcontinent. Careful research and compilation of an enormous amount of data has produced a collection of about 11,000 tribes and castes, organized by an alphabetical order, in a convenient and otherwise unavailable format. The entries, varying in length and scope of coverage, do not omit any tribal identity howsoever obscure or difficult in finding information on. The result, therefore, provides extraordinary opportunities to the readers for socio-anthropological or administrative research or for the purpose of reference. The present work that attempts to put together a large number of identities symbolized by names. Its value lies in its identification of this large number of identities, providing a raw material that can be used in various ways as all such material can be. The biggest and most valuable contribution of this encyclopaedia is in the painstaking process of documentation in which all the references and sources have been clearly indicated. This would greatly help both the scholar and the administrator to trace the source, time and place in which a particular identity has been created. A careful comparative scrutiny would help in clearing up many administrative doubts and scholarly inquisitiveness as to identities and their reproduction as well as suppression. The reader might find many names here that are not found in official documents and many that do not exist in any official discourse. Many may be listed as tribes in one place and caste in another. The marathon effort that has gone into creating this work is towards building up a comprehensive and reliable data base that would be useful in many different ways. To the critical scholar it would provide raw material that can be reanalyzed and reinterpreted, to the researcher it may provide a clue to identifying a potential "field" of study and to the administrators it would provide a wealth of base line information. It is our hope that the volumes would also be beneficial to the people so identified and named here as "tribes". Grouping information systematically, 'guided by the historical sense' and with a clear view of the information needs of the reader, the Encyclopaedia of Indian Tribes and Castes is intended, above all, to be 'a methodical compendium of social knowledge.
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About the authors

Subhadra Channa

Dr. Subhadra Channa has emerged in recent times as one of the most dynamic feminist scholar in India. She teaches at the Department of Anthropology in Delhi University. Dr. Channa has been awarded the Fulbright Lecturership and is currently teaching in the United States of America. She has a number of reference works to her credit including the pioneering sets like – International Encyclopaedia of Tribal Religion, and International Encyclopaedia of Anthropology. She has also edited Cosmo’s forthcoming titles – Encyclopaedia of Feminist Theory, and Encyclopaedia of Women and Gender.

K.K. Misra

Prof. K. K. Misra is Head, Department of Anthropology, Central University, Hyderabad.

Buddhadeb Choudhuri

Prof. Buddhadeb Choudhuri holds the Ambedkar Chair at the Department of Anthropology, Calcutta University, Calcutta.

B.K. Roy Burman

Currently holding the position of Senior Professor, Council for Social Development, he is a man of varied interests which reflected in the number of public positions he holds or has held during the last two decades: General President, Indian Social Science Congress; President, Delhi Sociological Association; Vice-President Indian Anthropological Society; Vice-President, Indian Anthropological Association; Chairman, Futurology Commission, (International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Science); Vice President, Indian Regional Science Association; Chairman Folk and Tribal Music Committee, Sangeet Natak Academy; Member, Executive Committee, Indian Society for Agricultural Economics; President Academy of Social Sciences and Humanities; President, Institute of People’s Action, Manipur; Chairman, Forests and Tribals Committee, Government of India and Member All Indian Handicrafts Board. He is associated with a very large number of Boards/ Committees / Councils / Advising bodies and other prestigious organisations several of them concerning with the development of Scheduled Castes & Scheduled Tribes at the Central or State level. Professor Roy Burman started his academic career as Research Associate, Tribal Welfare Department, Government of West Bengal where he took over charge of setting up the Cultural Research Institute,, Tribal Welfare Department, Government of West Bengal. During 1961-1974 he was associated with the Census Organisation, first as O.S.D.

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Bibliographic information

Title Encyclopaedia of Indian Tribes and Castes (In 23 Volumes)
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2004
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Cosmo Publications
Language: English
isbn 817755798x
length 7335p., Tables; Bibliography; Index; 26cm.