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650 pp.
138 mm x 216 mm


Publication date:
June 2016

Imprint: OUP India

The Scheduled Tribes and Their India

Politics, Identities, Policies, and Work

Nandini Sundar and T. N. Madan

A people in need of quick modernization and mainstreaming, or a powerful defense against the advancing march of capitalist growth - these are the two most prominent and stereotypical images of Adivasis in contemporary India, and both do grave injustice to the ground realities. The category Scheduled Tribes, which is purely an administrative category, and does not reflect the immense diversity among the 500 different communities of tribals in India, comprising 8.6 per cent of Indias population, has acquired over a period of time, a distinct political and discursive salience.

This collection of essays, divided in three parts, brings together a range of predominantly sociological and anthropological but broadly social science writing that reflects on and illuminates the jungle of dilemmas and conflicts that the scheduled tribes face as they navigate their way through everyday life. It highlights the enormity of social, cultural, linguistic, and politico-economic diversity among the so-called Scheduled Tribes in India, and aims to provide an intellectual platform for an engagement between the scheduled tribes and their India, as also to map the state of current sociological/anthropological writing and debate on the scheduled tribes.

Readership : Students, scholars, and teachers of sociology and anthropology, development studies, tribal studies, history.

Nandini Sundar: Introduction
Section Introduction
1. Sumit Guha: Environment and Ethnicity in India, 12001991
2. Tanka Subba: From Caste to Tribe: An Autobiographical Essay
3. Tiplut Nongbri: Khasi Women And Matriliny: Transformations in Gender Relations
4. Bengt G. Karlsson: Anthropology and The Indigenous Slot: Claims to and Debates About Indigenous Peoples Status in India.
5. Nandini Sundar: Adivasi Vs. Vanvasi: The Politics Of Conversion in Central India
6. Piers Vitebsky: Loving and Forgetting: Moments of Inarticulacy in Tribal India
7. Usha Menon (Translator): When the Lost Soil Beckoned: Life Sketch Narrated by C. K. Janu
8. K. Satchidanandan: A Discourse on Non-Violence, in Fire on The Mountain (poem)
Section Introduction
9. Felix Padel and Samarendra Das: Bauxite Business in Odisha
10. Chittaroopa Palit: Women Against Imperialism: Peasants And Workers Movements in Madhya Pradesh
11. Three Songs of Struggle - (Composed and translated by various artists)
12. Vasudha Dhagamwar: Indefinitely under Trial: The Case of the Four Pahadiyas
13. K. Balagopal: Drought and TADA in Adilabad
14. Virginius Xaxa: Protective Discrimination: Why Scheduled Tribes Lag Behind Scheduled Castes
15. Mritunjay Mohanty: Social Inequality, Labour Market Dynamics and Reservation
16. Bikram Nanda: Pedagogy and Prescription
17. Madhu Sarin: Indias Forest Tenure Reforms, 19922012
18. Sanjib Baruah: Nationalizing Space: Cosmetic Federalism and the Politics of Development in Northeast India
Section Introduction
19. Jana Fortier: The Ethnography of South Asian Foragers
20. Laxman Gaikwad: From Uchalaya
21. Savyasaachi: The Tiger and the Honey bee
22. Archana Prasad: Tribal Livelihood and the Agrarian Crises
23. Alfred Gell: The Market Wheel: Symbolic Aspects of an Indian Tribal Market
24. David Mosse, Sanjeev Gupta, and Vidya Shah: On the Margins in the City: Adivasi Seasonal Migration in Western India
25. Christian Strümpell: The Making and Unmaking of an Adivasi Working Class in Western Orissa
26. Duncan McDuie-Ra: Cosmopolitan Tribals: Frontier Migrants in Delhi
Notes on Editors and Contributors

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Nandini Sundar is Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi. T.N. Madan is Honorary Professor (Sociology) at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi, and Distinguished Fellow (Adjunct) of the Centre for Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.

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Special Features

  • This work provides an overview of the major underlying themes in the study of tribes and adivasis in India.
  • Essays bring together a mix of approaches and cover a large spectrum of topics.