About the Book :
This is the first major study on tribes and tribal life in India. Since its first edition the Indian tribal scene has undergone a sea change. Professor L.P. Vidyarthi has updated the new edition with a fresh introduction. Starting with the importance of Tribal India In the story of Indian civilization, this study makes a comprehensive study of the economic, social, political and religious organisations of the Indian tribals. The psychological factors in personality structure in tribal setting have been studied and discussed in detail. The other major aspects discussed are: tribal village, customs of rnatriliny and polyandry, approaches, planning and programme for tribal development and cultural change in the tribes of India, today. This book was specially written under the Quality Book Writing Programme of the University Grants Commission.
About Author :
Lalita Prasad Vidyarthi (b. 1931) received his doctorate from the University of Chicago and is now Professor and Chairman of the Department of Anthropology at the University of Ranchi, India. Currently (1974-1978) he is the President of the International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences and of the 10th International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences to be held in India in 1978. Dr. Vidyarthi is the President of the Indian Anthropological Association, a Founder-Member of the Indian Council of Social Sciences Research, Chairman of the Task Force on Development of Tribal Areas of the Planning Commission, and a Member of the Central Council on Tribal Research Institute of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. He is Founder-Editor of The Journal of Social Research, The Indian Anthropologist, and The Research Journal of Ranchi University. His major fields of research are the Tribal Culture of India including the Andaman and Nicobar Islands; Urban-Industrial political, and action Anthropology; Indian Civilization, the History of Indian Culture, Folklore, village studies and History of Anthropological Theories. He has to his credit several internationally popular books.
Binay Kumar Rai M.A. Ph. D. has done field work among the tribes of Bihar and made a special study of their eco-system. He has been associated with a number of research projects in the Department of Anthropology, Ranchi University and A.N. Sinha Institute of Social Studies, Patna. At present he teaches Sociology at Lalit Narain Mithila University, Darbhanga, Bihar.