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Fertility and Family Planning in Primitive Tribes

G.D. Pandey (Author)
Synopsis Out of 52 Primitive Tribes of the country 7 are located in the undivided Madhya Pradesh. These tribes live in undulating hilly terrains and dense forests far from modern amenities. Lack of awareness, ignorance, illiteracy and poverty altogether have affected the lives of these tribals. Though, they have been put into one category 'Primitive Tribes' yet each of them is at a different level of development, are socially and culturally distinct and facing different kinds of problems. One of the problems in these tribes has been stagnant or diminishing population growth. Excepting a few attempts by the anthropologists no study on their sociodemographic characteristics have been done. Moreover the backgroud data on which these tribes have been categorized is not based on empirical data. It is surprising as to how in absence of basic socio-demographic indicators, how the government is monitoring its development Programmes which are being carried out for these tribes. The author has personally visited these tribes and has collected quantitative as well as qualitative data from for Primitive Tribes - Bharias, Birhors, Hill Korwas and Kamars. The data analysed in the book have revealed that the Primitive Tribes have low fertility and high mortality levels - a unique characteristic. Moreover inspite of ban on sterilization operations, about one third of the couples have been found sterilized and in case of about one seventh couples both of the partners have been operated upon. The book presents pitiable state of affairs in these communities and Government's non-sincere efforts for their development.
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About the author

G.D. Pandey

Dr. G.D. Pandey is a well known population scientist. His field of interest is tribal demography. His academic achievements include Ph. D. degree in demography from Banaras Hindu University and D.Litt. degree from Jabalpur University. He is currently associated with the Indian Council of Medical Research as Deputy Director. At present Dr. Pandey is head of the Social Science Division and Officer-in-Charge of the Technical Administration and Publication Division of the Regional Medical Research Center for Tribals (ICMR), Jabalpur. He is also editor of the Tribal Health Bulletin. Dr. Pandey has been recipient of first CHANDRASEKAR AWARD of IASP on his paper 'Status of Women and Family Planning in India' and is a life member of various academic bodies like Indian Society for Medical Statistics, Indian Association for the study of Population Indian Society for Human Genetics etc. Dr Pandey has published more than seventy research papers in national and international journals. This book is based on his D.Litt. Dissertation.

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Title Fertility and Family Planning in Primitive Tribes
Author G.D. Pandey
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 8186771026
length xiv+335p., Tables; Figures; Appendices; Bibliography; 22cm.