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Portrait of Anthropological Research

Debabrata Mandal (Editor) Tilak Bagchi (Editor) Asok Mukhopadhyay (Editor)
Synopsis Indian anthropology is the gift of British colonialism. British anthropologists and scholars tried to understand social system of the so-called 'other cultures'. Until 1947 there was a wide belief that anthropologists were concerned only with the study of primitive or tribal people. After independence with the introduction of anthropology in many Indian universities and academic institutions, interaction of anthropologists with foreign scholars, growing interests of the foreigners specially American and British anthropologists in studying Indian society and culture, anthropology is no longer confined to tribal study. Even then tribal studies contribute an important dimension to Indian anthropology. Anthropology nowadays expands in horizons and draws attention on several aspects like crafts, tourism, human genetics, Dalit studies, community development, gender issues and so on. Against the backdrop of the same in the present volume title "Portrait of Anthropological Research" treatises contributed by a number of anthropologists and other social scientists are put together into scholarly quest for understanding some aspects of Indian anthropology.
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About the authors

Tilak Bagchi

Tilak Bagchi obtained M.Sc. and Ph.D. degree in Anthropology from the University of Calcutta. He is presently holding the post of Assistant Director in the Directorate of Census Operations, West Bengal on deputation. Previously he was attached with the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health as Senior Research Fellow (ICAR) and Research Officer (ICMR) and with the Anthropological Survey of India as Senior Technical Assistant (Cultural) and Assistant Keeper. His area of interest is tribal studies, nutritional anthropology, museum anthropology, study on art and crafts etc. He is the author/co-author/co-editor of six books and published more than 60 research papers, book review, seminar proceedings etc.

Asok Mukhopadhyay

Asok Kumar Mukhopadhyay of Anthropological Survey of India, Eastern Regional Centre, (b 1954) did his M.A. in Comparative Philology from the University of Calcutta in 1976. He has conducted field work in Andaman & Nicobar Island, Bihar, Jharkhand, Orissa, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal on various tribal and non-tribal communities. Out of them two primitive tribal groups namely the Shompen of Great Nicobar and Malpaharia of Jharkhand are remarkable. He is the joint author of a book entitled 'The Language of the Shompen of Great Nicobar: A Preliminary Appraisal'.

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Bibliographic information

Title Portrait of Anthropological Research
Format Hardcover
Date published: 23.01.2008
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Sarup & Sons
Language: English
isbn 9788176258883
length xxvi+499p., Tables; References; Index; 23cm.