History of Anthropological Thought

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  • Author :V.S. Upadhyay, Gaya Pandey
  • Year of Publication :1993
  • ISBN: :9788170224921
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 500
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: History, Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, Sociology, Tribal

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About the Book :

THE THOUGHT of any subject is the mother of all concepts. Its history deals with theories developed and contributions made by various schools of anthropological thinkers, who belong to various . Although the study of man, his society and culture has been interesting area of research right from the period of Greek travelers, but establishment of evolution-are theory of culture during 19th Century A.D. is regarded as theoretical beginning of the subject of anthropology. As soon as evolutionary school was established many schools of anthropological thought came into existence which began to claim an anti-evolutionary approach. These schools were diffusional, functional structural, cultural and personality, and civilizational and complex culture study. Around middle of 20th century, a movement arose among anthropologists to re-shape anthropological theories. As a result of which neo-anthropological school came into existence under every conceptual frame work, Thus, the book attempts to describe the basic postulates, methodology, general contributions merits and criticism of each school of anthropological theories. Within each school critical contribution of each sub-school and individual thinkers has been presented systematically. Field-work tradition in anthropology and contribution of eminent Indian anthropologists have also been explained with a view to fulfil the need of teachers, students and researchers. Surveying a huge amount of literature, attempts have been made to reproduce the subject-matter in an integrated manner so that readers problem of going through different books for the same paper could be solved. The book has been written keeping in view the syllabus of postgraduate study, U.G.C. National Research Fellowship/Lecturership test and administrative service examination.

About Author :

V.S. Upadhyay (b. 20th January, 1942) is presently University Professor in the Post-graduate Department of Anthropology, Ranchi University, Ranchi, Bihar. He is serving this institution for the past 30 years. He has been an author of 30 research papers which have been published in the journals of national and international repute. He has been an author and co-author of five books, namely, Kharia: Then and Now, Development of Researches in Anthropology in India, Changing Dietary Pattern and Habits, Socio-cultural Implications of Leprosy and Bharat Men Janjatiya Sanskriti (in Hindi). He has wide field experience in the field of anthropology, ranging from Andaman and Nicobar Islands to Himalayan region. A widely travelled man, he has attended several international conferences in India and abroad. He is a member of IUAES, and Chairman of S.E. Asian Regional centre of Urgent Anthropological Research. He is an authority on anthropology of development. His recent work in the field of Medical Anthropology, specially on Leprosy, is first of its kind in India. He has directed five large scale research projects, mostly funded by the Government of India.

Gaya Pandey (b. 1954) is a retired Professor of Anthropology, Ranchi University, Ranchi. During his whole academic career, he has to his credit 30 books and 40 articles. Books are on different papers which are taught in different universities of India in undergraduate and postgraduate departments of Anthropology. The books are in both Hindi and English medium. Articles have been published in different journals of repute. He actively participated in more than two dozen national and international seminars held in India. Nine Ph.D. scholars have been awarded Ph.D. degree under his supervision by the University of Ranchi.