Diversity, Identity and Linkages: Explorations in Historical Ethnography

Hardcover | September 15, 2011

byK.S. Singh

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The essays in this volume explore the diversities, affinities and linkages between different traditions of Indian ethnography, broadly divided into three categories. The first group of essays explore the indigenous traditions of ethnography, ranging from the epic traditions of the Mahabharataand the Dharmashastra to the Varna Ratnakara. The second group of essays explores colonial ethnography - the colonials' documentation of caste, tribe, and races, as well as their methodologies like the census. The last group deals with post-colonial ethnography where ideas such as 'pluralism','synthesis', 'composite culture' and 'unity in diversity' is explored. The Foreword by Sabyasachi Bhattacharya gives an overview of K.S. Singh's work in the field as well as his writings. This book will be of considerable interest to scholars and students of modern Indian history, anthropology, sociology, cultural studies, demographic studies, as well as policymakers and NGOs.

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The essays in this volume explore the diversities, affinities and linkages between different traditions of Indian ethnography, broadly divided into three categories. The first group of essays explore the indigenous traditions of ethnography, ranging from the epic traditions of the Mahabharataand the Dharmashastra to the Varna Ratnakara...

K.S. Singh is former Director General of the Anthropological Survey of India and also served as an IAS officer and was National Fellow at Indian Council of Historical Research.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:184 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.1 inPublished:September 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198075138

ISBN - 13:9780198075134

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PrefaceSabyasachi Bhattacharya: Introduction1. Ecology, Identity, and Culture2. Ethnography of the Mahabharata3. Manu and Contemporary Indian Ethnography4. The Indigenous Tradition: Varna Ratnakar and its Ethnography5. Colonial Ethnography: Caste, Tribe, and Race6. Ethnography and Census7. Anthropological Survey of India: A Historical Perspective8. People of India: Diversities and Affinities9. Pluralism, Synthesis: Unity in Diversities, Diversities in Unity10. Diversities, Heterogeneity, and Integration: An Ideological PerspectiveBibliographyIndex