Nature and Structure of Rural Habitations

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  • Author :S.K. Chandhoke
  • Year of Publication :1990
  • ISBN: :9788170222538
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: XXXIV, 358
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Rural Development, Sociology

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About the Book :

Since times immemorial man habitations has been engaging his attention. It has been an area of concern and study by a number of disciplines. But each of these disciplines has been studying only certain aspects of this multi faceted problem. Moreover, the approaches followed by all these disciplines have been lopsided, suffering from a serious physical bias. The habitation pattern of any community being the resultant of a long drawn process of interaction between its physical and social environment, a physical approach to the problem alone cannot help in unraveling the mysteries and understanding its mechanism. At the micro level, cultural geographers have been concentrating on morphological classification of the house types and description of features. Little has been done to link these forms to the culture and the way of life it shelters. Such descriptions in the sociological and anthropological literature are also mainly descriptive rather than analytical. The house itself is not merely a shell for protection, it reflects the life and culture of its inhabitants. There is an order in the house, physical spaces have social meanings. After an intensive review of the published literature, the author conducted field-work in a Haryana village and attempted to arrive at the sets and patterns of the structure of classification as embedded in the social structure of the community. The book is the outcome of theoretical as well as field-work and author long first-hand professional experiences in the rural area of Bihar, Delhi, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. This work, therefore, is a pioneering one.

About Author :

S.K. Chandhoke Born in 1936, He took his Masters in Sociology from Patna University and his research degree (in Sociology of Human Habitations) from the University of Delhi; attended specialised Short-term International Courses on Socio-economic as well as Statistical Aspects of Habitations and has about three decades of extensive field experience. The author has been on the faculty of the School of Planning and Architecture, New Delhi, since 1965. Earlier, he worked in a number of other premier institutions. Besides teaching in the School, he has also been, for about two decades, the Socio-Economist and subsequently Officer-in-charge of the Regional Training-cum-Research-cum Extension Centre in Village Planning and Rural Housing for the States of Bihar, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh and the Union Territory of Delhi-an activity and the sponsored by the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Government of India. Chandhoke has been member, Editorial Advisory Board of Urban Ecology; member office-bearer of a number of professional bodies at the national as well as international levels; was a Key-note Speaker at the International Seminar on Human Settlements in the year 2000 A.D. and Beyond held in Athens in 1985; was the coordinator of a National Seminar on Culture and Habitat held in New Delhi in February, 1988, and also coordinated a specialised symposium on Habitation and Environment as a part of the 12th International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences, Zagreb, July, 1988