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Indian Family System: The Concept Practices and Current Relevance

Bal Ram Singh (Editor)

The joint family system has ancient roots in India, being traceable to the Vedic times when four generations lived together. The tradition helped in maintaining strong bonds of kinship and keeping alive customs and traditions of the past. This book seeks to examine the joint family system in India: its evolution and relevance and practicality in the present times. It deals with the changing social norms, value systems and human behaviour over time and views the role of religion in promoting human values and fellowship which are an essential ingredient of joint family norms. With case studies, it explores aspects of the Indian family like its cultural and ritualistic traditions, the importance and role of the woman as the backbone of the Vedic society, the position and status of the aged with the decline of the joint family system, and the importance of the joint family as a vehicle for accumulating wealth both material and in terms of serving and benefiting all. The volume will prove a useful contribution for scholars and students in the field of Indian social and cultural studies.

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About the author

Bal Ram Singh

Bal Ram Singh: is the Director of Center for Indic Studies at University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. As a Professor of Biophysical Chemistry and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and the Director of Botulinum Research Center, he has been conducting research since 1990 on botulinum and tetanus neurotoxins, and also on yoga, mind, and consciousness.

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Bibliographic information

Title Indian Family System: The Concept Practices and Current Relevance
Author Bal Ram Singh
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2011
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher D K Printworld
Language: English
isbn 8124605939, 9788124605936
length x+251p., 18 Colour; Photographs; 24cm.