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Polity, Political Process and Social Control in South Asia

Manis Kumar Raha (Editor) Iar Ali Khan (Editor)
Synopsis The South Asian Tribal and rural societies are characterized by traditional, hereditary political structure. But a new political system is emerging with the new leadership. The upsurge of socio-political movements have varying magnitude and objectives as reflected in the articles of the volume. But it is like an old wine with a new label as it is observed that the authority in the emerging political system is occupied by the ‘old guys’ (leaders) of the traditional political system. The problem of polity, political process and social control is used in this context to focus on the existence of different forms of government or administrative set up and the machinery or social control in different tribal and rural Societies of South Asia. The book also reflects the type of controlling factors prevailing in the “South World”, it is mode of functioning and likeness, differences and uniqueness of the systems. The book provides us a few more empirical varieties and shows a trend in the emerging pattern of leadership, political process, function, cleavage, etc. common to all South Asian countries under study. So the book is expected to serve the future students of anthropology, sociology, political science and other allied disciplines, particularly those of political anthropology in the new voyages of discovery to add to the summum bonum of knowledge that is basic to theory and practice.
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About the authors

Manis Kumar Raha

Dr. Manis Kumar Raha graduated from the University of Calcutta in 1956 and passed Special Honours in Anthropology in 1958. He obtained his M.Sc. (1960) and Ph.D. Degrees (1971) in Anghropology from this University. He served the Cultural Research Institute, Government of West Bengal 1962-70 before joining Anthropological Survey of India in 1970 as an Anghropologist (Cultural). After serving this pioneering organization of anthropological research in different capacities, he retired as the Joint Director in 1995. Dr. Raha has written / edited sixteen books, over ninety research papers and over forty book reviews. He is attached to different research and other organizations in different capacities. He is the editor of the Journal of Human and Environmental Sciences, Managing Editor of Man and Life. Associate Editor, Journal of Indian Anthropological Society, Member, Editorial Board, Culture and Psychology. Dr. Raha has been elected as the President, Anthrolopogy and Archaeology Section of 83rd Indian Science Congress (1995-96)

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Iar Ali Khan

Iar Ali Khan, M.Sc. (Calcutta) is Assistant Anthropologist, Anthropological Survey of India, Government of India. He worked as research scholar in the Department of Anthropological Survey of India in 1970. His research articles have appeared in various journals and books. He also delivers lectures in Anthropology to I.A.S. Coaching Centre of Maharashtra Government at Nagpur.

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Bibliographic information

Title Polity, Political Process and Social Control in South Asia
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.1993
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8121204135
length vi+374p., Tables; References; Index; 22cm.