Tribal Ethnography, Customary Law and Change

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  • Author :K.S. Singh
  • Year of Publication :1993
  • ISBN: :9788170224716
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 452
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Law

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About the Book :

The present book on the tribal customary law is based on a Survey conducted of Anthropological Survey of India in 1976-77 as part of a larger survey of tribal society including tribal movements and tribal economy, constituting a trilogy. The project on Customary Law initially covered seventy tribal communities. However, only forty of the papers have been selected for presentation in this volume. The paper deal with tribal ethnography, tribal customary law and the processes of change in recent years. These three dimensions are explored in most of the tribal communities covered by this survey, with particular reference to the tribals at different stages of socio economic and technological development, such as the hunting and gathering communities, nomads, peasants etc. Tribal customary law is instrinsic to tribal identity in our multicultural system. Tribal customary laws have survived intact, even flourished. The tribal communities have shown extraordinary resilience and pragmatism in coping with challenges and adapted their institutions and their laws. There is a need for further studies and a more energetic action in codifying tribal customary laws so that the knowledge of the tribal laws is made available to various judicial and executive authorities in deciding matters affecting the tribal people.


About Author :

K.S. Singh (b.1935) has spent many yers sercing and studying backward communtites in middle India. He was fellow, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla (1970) and Jawaharlal Nehru Fellow (1970-72). As Director of the Anthropological Survey of Inganised many all-India surveys to generate the profiles of tribal society. He has written about 200 papers and reports and three books: Birsa Munda and His Movement in Chotanagpur, (1983) The Indian Famine (1967) : A study in Crisis and Change (1975), and Tribal Society of Indian (1985). He edited Tribal Situation in India (1976) for the Indian Institute of Advanced Study and two volumes on Tribal Movements and Economies of the TRibes and thier Transformation. He has also introduced W.G. Acher's Santal Laws and Justice (Concept 1983). Currently, he is Director-General of the Anthropological Survey of Indian.