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Identity, Gender and Poverty: New Perspectives on Caste and Tribe

Maya Unnithan Kumar (Author)
Synopsis Most studies of the tribal communities in India stress their social, economic, and political differences from communities that are organised on the basis of caste. It was this apparent contrast between tribal and caste lifestyle and, moreover, the paucity of material on tribal groups, that motivated the author to undertake this study of a poor tribal community—the Girasia—in northwestern India. While doing her fieldwork, she soon became aware that the traditional tribe-caste categories needed to be revised; in fact, she found them more often than not to be constructs by outsiders, mostly academic. Of greater importance for an understanding of the Girasia is the wider and more complex issue of self-perception and identification by others, which must be seen in the context of their poverty as well as in the strategic and shifting use of kinship, gender and class relations in the region.
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Title Identity, Gender and Poverty: New Perspectives on Caste and Tribe
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2001
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 8170336961
length 291p., Tables; Figures; Maps; 23cm.