Promode Kumar Misra

ISBN: 9789385161827, 9385161822

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Author: Promode Kumar Misra

ISBN 13: 9789385161827

ISBN 10: 9385161822

Year: 2018

Language: English

Pages etc.: 315p., demi

Binding: Hardbound

Aayu Publications

The book is a product of life long research in Anthropology by its author. It provides a critique of the concept of tribe and shows that there was never a distinct category of tribe in India. The people now known as tribe have always been, like others, part of the regional set up, of which forest have been an integral part. In India forests were not simply vast stretches of wilderness but also places for retreat, introspection, learning and storehouse of resources. People who lived close to nature, supplied goods and services and were building blocks of the great cultural community of India. Tribes have values that are not only profound but also ultimate in sustainable development. They maintained their identity and thus contributed to the diversity of India, a key feature of its sustainability.

Realizing military, cultural, economic, religious significance of elephant in India from ancient times, the author opens one of the windows to show the role played by the forest dwellers in capturing and domesticating it and thereby demolishes the view that they have been isolated. All these facts have always been there but the students of tribal studies have not been asking the relevant questions. They were 'digging gold' in trying to validate arrogantly conceived cultural evolutionary ladder. Traditional ethnographic focus on single communities ignoring the larger community, with self-deceiving value ┬ľneutrality has proved to be thoroughly inadequate in understanding either the communities or dynamics of the emerging contradictions being part of the larger system.

The author draws illustrative material from trijunction of the southern region of India, which is environmentally heterogeneous, rich in natural resources and has been home of a number of tribes highlighting the transformation scene, indicating the pressure of'mainstreaming' in the highly unequal and stratified universe of India.

Promode Kumar Misra, was a National Fellow of Indian Council of Social science Research. He was with the Anthropological Survey of India for about twenty-five years. He was a Visiting Professor at Oregon University, Eugene ;University of Mysore, Mysore: University of West Indies, St.Augustine; Professor and Director Tribal Research Institute, Tamil University, Uthagamandalam, and retired as Professor of Anthropology from North Eastern Hill University, Shillong.

He is author of 14 books and 136 academic articles.

His main areas of research have been peripatetic, forest dwelling populations in India and Indian Diaspora


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