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Dhodia: Industrialisation and Change in a Primitive Community

Amitabha Sarkar (Author)
Synopsis The work is the outcome of field research among the Dhodias who are settled agricultural tribe on the plains of Valsad and Surat districts of Gujarat. The distinct strip of valleys between the Arabian Sea and the Sahayadri range in the southern part of Gujarat State is the country of Dhodias. The present volume deals with the impact of industralisation in the socio-cultural life of Dhodias who came in contact with such industry since 1952. industrialization is a major process of changing the face of a society. The changing economic environment in their area has compelled the Dhodia to new patterns of life in which an urban and industrial economy is superseding the agricultural economy and a sedentary life. This empirical study shows that after retaining the core of culture by the Dhodi as, they have adapted new life-style to the new environment which is created due to the introduction of a giant industrial setup in their habitat. The socio-cultural system among them have developed various norms and values favourable to the process, of technological advancement and industrialization; yet they still have retained their ethnic homogeneity.
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About the author

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).

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Title Dhodia: Industrialisation and Change in a Primitive Community
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1994
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121204429
length 185p., Tables; Plates; Bibliography; Index; 23cm.