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Indian Anthropology

Nadeem Hasnain (Author)
Synopsis This is one of the most popular books published on Indian Anthropology. Originally published in English, it is now available in several Indian languages.

Beginning with a discussion on the origin and development of anthropology in India, it takes the readers into Indian prehistory. Taking up the issues of social change in India it describes and analyses various concept and theories dealing with social change in India viz. Sanskritization, Westernization, Modernization, Secularization and Dominant Caste. Understanding cultural process of Indian Civilization has always been an important issue. This has been undertaken by describing and analysing such concepts as 'Great and Little Tradition', Universa-lization and Parochialization, Folk-Urban Continuum and Tribe-Caste Continuum in simple language. Same treatment has been given to traditional Bases of Indian Social System under which concepts such as Purushartha. Ashrama, Rina, Varna and Jati, Dharma and Karma. Besides these a number of issues such as crises and issues in Indian anthropology, urban anthropology in India, Indian Museum and Museology have also been discussed.

Thus, the present book shall interest not only students of Indian society in sociology and anthropology and but also persons interested in Indian Society in general because of different reasons.
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About the author

Nadeem Hasnain

Nadeem Hasnain is a professor of social anthropology at University of Lucknow, ucknow (India). He did his Master's and Ph.D. from the same department founded by D.N. Majumdar, one of the doyens of anthropology in India. Currently he is one of the editors of The Eastern Anthropologist and also the founder-editor of a newly launched journal, Islam and Muslim Societies: A Social Science Journal. He is also heading a multi-disciplinary research organization Centre for Social Action and Development devoted to research and advocacy of the disadvantaged sections of Indian society and based at Lucknow. He has published a number of books and papers in reputed journals. His popular books include Tribal India, Indian Anthropology, Indian Society and Culture: Continuity and Change and OBC Communities in the Process of change in India some of which have been translated into several Indian languages. Two of his field based studies Bonded For Ever and Shias and Shia Islam in India: A Study in Society and culture have been widely acclaimed as seminal contributions. An academician-activist, he is also involved with the mass media and writes in popular magazines and newspapers in English, Hindi and Urdu.

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Bibliographic information

Title Indian Anthropology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 81892679910, 9788189267995
length 292p., Illustrations; Bibliography; 23cm.