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Against Ecological Romanticism: Verrier Elwin and the Making of an Anti-Modern Tribal Identity

Price : $17.50
ISBN # : 9788188789702
Author : Archana Prasad
pages: 150
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Three Essays Collectives
Published : 2011

The essays in this book develop a systematic critique of the romanticised notions of tribal life, identity and ecology that informs so much of today s scholarship as well as the popular perceptions and everyday commonsense relating to these themes. The author has examined genesis of certain visions found in the work of Verrier Elwin, the grand old man of Indian anthropology and tribal policy, and has shown how it links up with the contemporary realities of ethnicity, caste and community in India. The revised and updated version of this book also explores the gender dimension within tribal societies to strengthen its argument. The framework advanced in this book contests the hegemonic neo-liberal and hindutva visions of these decades of economic reforms. Author Bio (3900 characters maximum): Archana Prasad is Associate Professor at the Centre for Jawaharlal Nehru Studies, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi, and was earlier a fellow of the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library. She has written extensively on tribal development, identity formation and local systems of natural resource conservation for scholarly as well as popular journals. Her books include 'Environmentalism and the Left: Contemporary Debates and Future Agenda in Tribal Areas' (2004); 'Tribal Livelihoods and Globalisation: Exploring the Potential of Non-Timber Forest Produce in Eastern and Central India' (2005), and an edited volume on 'Environment, Development and Society in Contemporary India: An Introduction' (2009).

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Monday 18 April, 2011.
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