This book provides an opportunity for students, academicians, scholars, and researchers in India and around the world to familiarize themselves with the evolution, diversification, and development of anthropological research in India. Comprised of nineteen chapters written by a diverse group of scholars and researchers, Anthropological Research in India: Retrospect and Prospects analyzes the history and future of anthropology on the subcontinent, ranging from prehistoric civilizations and colonial legacies to Indigenous medicine and coffee culture.
Abhradip Banerjee is assistant professor of anthropology at Government General Degree College.
Arun Makal is assistant professor of anthropology at Bangabasi Evening College.
Krishnendu Polley is assistant professor of anthropology at Bidhannager College.
Section 1: Legacies/Theoretical Concerns
Chapter 1: Research Tradition in Biological Anthropology: The Past Emerges into the Light of Present
Chapter 2: The Romance of the Discovery of India’s Prehistoric Past
Chapter 3: Different Dimensions of Tribal Studies: Past, Present and Future
Section 2: Prehistoric Cultures
Chapter 4: Gharchaal: An Ancient Game on Cupules in Ghumarwin Sub-Himalayan Area of Himachal Pradesh
Chapter 5: Ghaghra: A Late Acheulean Site of the Dulung River Valley, Eastern India
Section 3: Elements of Indian Civilization: Caste, Fairs, and Rituals
Chapter 6: A Holistic Manifestation of Caste System in Indian Civilization: A Semiotic Analysis
Chapter 7: The Impact of ‘Mela’ on the People and Culture: A Qualitative Study on Local ‘Sampriti Utsav’ Fair of Haldia, West Bengal
Chapter 8: The Cult of Goddess Mangal Chandi: An Anthropological Understanding of Womanhood
Section 4: Indigenous Groups: Economy, Health, Culture, and Development
Chapter 9: Echoes from the Tea Gardens of Dooars: A Study of the Tea Migrant Tribes of North Bengal
Chapter 10: Indigenous Health Care System of the Santhal Tribe of Jharkhand: With Special Reference to the Cases of Snake, Scorpion and Hornet Biting
Chapter 11: Images on Fabrics in the North-Eastern Region of India: A Traditional Course
Chapter 12: Indigenous Knowledge: A Whole
Chapter 13: Ethnomedicinal Practices among the Northern Tribes of West Bengal: A Brief Anthropological Review
Chapter 14: Tribal Women Empowerment in Natural Resource Management: Two Case Studies
Section 5: Contemporary Issues
Chapter 15: Effects of Lead on Growth of Children
Chapter 16: Female Foeticides: Developed Technological Threats in Indian Demography
Chapter 17: Essay on Anthropology of Mobile Phone
Chapter 18: Disorder and Deviance: Social Life of a Diabetic Women in Kolkata
Chapter 19: Vicissitudes in the Flow of Adda Culture: A Pre-Pandemic Assessment of Indian Coffee House, Kolkata
Anthropological Research in India: Retrospect and Prospects is edited and written by young professional anthropologists and contains articles on their own research. This will be extremely useful for the scholars and students of anthropology, not only for the information it provides but also for planning future research.
Comprised of nineteen essays from rising scholars, the contributions in this expansive volume direct our attention to the different dimensions of anthropological research that are being conducted in India. Broadening disciplinary boundaries by exploring anthropology’s uniquely Indian parameters, Anthropological Research in India: Retrospect and Prospects transcends traditional themes and will be a welcome resource for students, scholars, and practitioners engaged in the advancement of anthropological knowledge in India.
An invaluable primer on various aspects of anthropology by the finest anthropologists of our generation.