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Global Issues, Local Contexts: The Rabi Das of West Bengal

Price : $21.75
ISBN # : 9788125050520
Author : Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase
pages: 284
Edition : Paperback
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Orient Blackswan
Published : 2013

This book is an ethnographic study of a community of leather workers (the Rabi Das), and their transformations under global capitalism. # The author writes about the experiences of this community within the broader context of India s economic liberalisation as well as in the local system of class and cultural relations in Bengali society. # Divided into three sections, the various chapters in the book provide a detailed analysis of the changing nature of their conditions of employment, education, lifestyle and survival strategies. # Despite six decades of efforts towards self-improvement, Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase uncovers the process of Rabi Das cultural and economic marginalisation. # This paperback edition also has a new Preface. # The text in the book is also interspersed with suitable area-maps (of Krishnagar/ Krishnanagar, inhabited by the Rabi Das community) and detailed tables based on the author s fieldwork.

Author Bio: Ruchira Ganguly-Scrase obtained her PhD in Anthropology from the University of Melbourne. She is Professor of Anthropology, and the National Course Director for International Development Studies and Global Studies, Australian Catholic University, Melbourne. Previously she was the Coordinator of the Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS), University of Wollongong, Australia.

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Wednesday 29 May, 2013.

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