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Primitive Tribes in Contemporary India (2 Volumes)

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Primitive tribes are located in different parts of India. They have maintained, to a large extent, their social life, customs and ancient traditions, even today. They have to be studied ith meticulous resort to tenets of sociological and anthropological research and given social and economic support to overcome their handicaps due to their long isolating from mainstream social life and modern economic activities. They have to be brought on part with the rest of their countrymen in the light of the research into their predicament. With this intention they had been classified as scheduled Tribes by the founding fathers of our construction and accorded empathy and social support that they need today. This study concentrates on the contemporary situation. Volume I initiates the conceptual understanding of primitive tribes and provides ethnographic understanding of various tribal groups located in different States of India. It finally, deals with various vital demographic issues. Volume II deals with various emergent issues such as ecology, economy and development in relation to the primitive tribes. it is marked by deep research and probing analysis of trends and patterns of the lives of people of these tribes. contributors to these volumes include specialists and researchers who have devoted their scholarship to the contours of tribal life and culture in different settings.


Sarit Kumar Chaudhuri (b. 1963) has been teaching Anthropology in the Department of Tribal Studies, Arunachal Universty, since 1995. Before that he also worked in the Anthropological Survey of India for almost seven years. For last two years he was having Post-Doctoral Fellowship in the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) under University of London and worked for the collaborative project on Tribal Transition in Arunachal Pradesh. He has authored several articles, one book and jointly edited six books on the tribal life in India with special reference to North-East India. His areas of interest are religion, art, and oral history of the tribes of North-East India. Sucheta Sen Chaudhuri (b. 1963) is a postgraduate in Anthropology from Calcutta University and did her Ph.D. work in the department of Anthropology, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong. From 1991 to 1997 she worked in the Anthropological Survey of India and then joined the Department of Tribal Studies, Arunachal Universty where she teaches Anthropology at the Post-Graduate level and a course on tribal life in India for the M.Phil. Programme. She is working on different issues related to the women of North-East India for the last 14 years and has published a good number of articles in journals and seminar proceedings. Her book entitled Bodo Movement and Women’s Participation (2004) was published by Mittal Publications, New Delhi.

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