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Social Change: A Case Study of Todday-Tapers in Andhra Pradesh

K Viswanadha Reddy (Editor)
Synopsis The present volume deals with the patterns and processes of change and continuity, taking place among the Idiga (Toddy-Tappers), one of the backward communities of Andhra Pradesh, following the conventional anthropological concepts. The caste has the monopoly over the occupation of tapping palm trees and also of selling fermented juice and has admirably succeeded in continuing the occupation. The Idiga have rehabilitated themselves as agricultural labourers after the introduction of prohibition of sale of liquor by the government. The recent relaxation of prohibition laws and the permission granted by the government to sell sweet 'toddy' (nira) has made a few of them to return to their traditional occupation of toddy-tapping. However, many of them who had white-collor jobs and petty business establishments have stayed away from their traditional occupation. The modern forces of change have affected their socio-economic and politico-religious life. They have Sanskritized their ways of life too. They are associated with little and great traditional religious practices. Changes in their value system and outlook on life was also observed. The book consists of eight chapters with a few relevant maps and charts, tables and a detailed bibliography. The book is quite useful at post-graduate and research levels in the disciplines of social sciences, particularly in anthropology and sociology.
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About the author

K Viswanadha Reddy

Dr. K. Viswanadha Reddy (b. 1949) holds M.A. degree in Social Anthropology from Sri Venkateswara University, Tirupati and Ph.d. in Anthropology from Karnataka University, Dharwad. He has also studied M.A. in Sociology, P.G. Diplomas in Linguistics and Higher Education, and did Ph.D. degree in Folklore. He was also UGC Visiting Associate to the Department of Ecology, Pondicherry Central University, Pondicherry during 1994-96. Dr. Reddy has published about 30 research papers in academic journals, and participated in more than 50 National Seminars / Conferences / Symposiums / Workshops. He also served as a resource person, Chairman, Rapporteur etc., to various sessions. He has also participated in two UGC Refresher Courses in anthropology and Computer Applications in Social Sciences. He has successfully organized a dozen Field-work Programmes of one month duration in Tribal and Rural areas for the post-graduate students in Social Anthropology. He has successfully completed two Major Research projects funded by ICCSR and UGC, besides four minor research projects.

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Title Social Change: A Case Study of Todday-Tapers in Andhra Pradesh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 12.01.2006
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173414041
length xii+228p.