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Continuity and Change among Kondhs of Orissa
Author : Sukant Kumar Chaudhury
ISBN : 81-7033-839-5
Edition : 2004
Pages : 224
Price : Rs.475 / US$35
Binding : Hardback
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Tribes and their cultures have been a stimulant for many, particularly for their rich cultural heritage and unique style of living. The colonial construction, which gave rise to a ethnocentric and isolated concept of tribe does not hold good today. Today, the impacts of modernisation, development and globalisation on the tribes have assumed great significance. Besides, a pro-tribal or a pro-administration approach will not be  fruitful; rather, a sociological/social anthropological approach of objectivity, which not only removes observance of only noticeable phenomena but also understands the internal structure, is very important today. This book provides a thorough and detailed understanding of a tribal community—Kondh of Orissa. The Kondhs, who have been confronting with the forces of change, are now in a transitional state. The traditional Kondh social structure still continues, but people have always kept choices and alternatives to make changes. Today, job opportunities outside the villages, having multilineage structure etc., have changed the scenario. State-sponsored development programmes, neighbouring caste-Hindu community’s influence, and forces of Christianity and Hinduism etc., have been raising issues of identity and ethnicity among them. All these situations have made the Kondh society more dynamic than what it was earlier.

The book will be useful for both  anthropologists and sociologists for an overall understanding of the Kondh society.


Sukant Kumar Chaudhury has been teaching sociology at Lucknow University, Lucknow since 1992. He obtained his Master’s degree in Sociology from Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, and M. Phil and Ph.D. in Social Anthropology from Delhi University. His areas of interest are tribal studies, kinship studies, identity, ethnicity and globalisation. He has organised several national and international conferences. Besides books, his published works include nearly 35 articles and reviews in various journals. He is currently the Associate Editor of The Eastern Anthropologist and the Managing Editor of Journal of Comparative Sociology.
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