Tribal Communities and Social ChangeBook - 2005
In this volume, renowned scholars examine a diverse range of tribal groups including: the Bhils, Gonds, Khasis and Koyas in India; the aboriginal Indians, Metis and Innuits in Canada; and tribal cultures in South Africa, Kenya and Malawi.
Focusing on the social history of these tribes, the book addresses key issues such as: primitive law, crime, kinship structures, education, religion and women and how the impact of colonialism has affected them. It also asks the questions: Does an acceptable definition of the concept of 'tribe' exist? and What is meant by the 'social integration' of tribals?
All the important papers on tribes and their cultures published in the Indian Sociological Society's journal Sociological Bulletin from 1952 to 2001 are reprinted here. The 13 articles deal with such issues as law, crime, ethnicity, education, religion, women, and social integration. Most of them focus on tribes in India, but Africa and Canada also provide case studies. Among specific topics are the nature and extent of social change in tribal society of eastern India, a sociological analysis of political unification among the scheduled tribes of Rajasthan, and primitive law and some social anthropologists. Annotation ©2005 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)