Evolution and Spatial Organization of Clan Settlements: A Case Study of Middle Ganga Valley

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  • Author :Saiyad Hassan Ansari
  • Year of Publication :1986
  • ISBN: :9788170220596
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 212
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Geography

About the Book :

The Middie Ganga Valley is one of the most exciting areas of rural settlement Geography. Ethnographers from Wilton Oldham (1870) to Richard Fox (1971) have found the region of abiding academic interest. The author, who belongs to the area, has rightly chosen the Middle Ganga Valley to Study and analyse the evolution and spatial organization of the clan settlements. The pre-Aryan colonization patterns on spatial organizations have determined the transformation of different human groups and their social structures. The author has tried to identify the process of acculturation of aboriginal cultures and the supreme position of the clan systems to which the existing administrative units appear to have been oriented. For micro-level analysis of histogenetic approach in spatio-temporal frame, samples were taken and settlement diffusion systems have been highlighted which provide the synthesis of four-phased sequential models developed and tested by several scholars and field workers. The reflection on social structures have been shown through maps outlining the socio-spatial plans. Ultimately such an analysis has led to the formulation of plans of transformation of rural habitat. This study will help us understand the socio-economic realities of the area and provide the planner a ready-made spatial framework at district level to chalk out a development and welfare Programme.

About Author :

Saiyad Hasan Ansari holds an M.Sc. degree in Geography from Aligarh Muslim University, Aligarh and a Ph. D degree from Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi . He was a visiting Post-Doctoral Fellow (CSIR) during 1981-82 and Pool Officer (CSIR) during 1982-84 at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. An active geographer, he has participated and presented papers in several national and international conferences and seminars. Dr. Ansari has to his credit eleven published research articles and three monographs. He lectures at the Department of Geography, Maharshi Dayanand University, Rohtak (Haryana).