Panorama of Development: Challenges Ahead

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About the Book :

This book is about the many faces of development in India, China and South Africa viewed by distinguished scholars who have field based experiences in the subject. The four chapters of the book explored the various issues around development from the policy perspective. Another common theme which runs through all the chapters of the book is the attention of the authors on the underprivileged groups of society— poor villagers in China, tribals of Central India and South Africa and the malnourished children of West Bengal. The style of writing of the authors, however, vary considerably. Ajit Banerjee’s long account is like an ethnographic travelogue, while Dilip Mahalanabis provided a full-blooded scientific account of under-nutrition. The rich sociological texts of Rene Veron and Ansu Datta swings between these two poles of style created by Banerjee and Mahalanabis making the collection of articles a real panorama of narratives around development. The book would be of interest to students and researchers in anthropology, sociology, economics, political science and development specialists and practitioners.

About Author :

Abhijit Guha (b. 1956) is Reader in Anthropology at Vidyasagar University. He earned his Masters and M.Phil degrees from Calcutta University and Ph.D. from Vidyasagar University. He is engaged in displacement, resettlement and rehabilitation research for the last 11 years and has worked with Walter Fernandes in a project on West Bengal. He is also associated with the post-graduate diploma course on Participatory Management of Resettlement and Rehabilitation at the School of Social Sciences, IGNOU, New Delhi. He was visiting fellow at the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University during August-September 2006 and also taught at the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences, Kolkata. Dr. Guha has published over 60 research papers, book reviews and comments in various national and international journals of repute which include Current Anthropology, Population and Development Review and Economic and Political Weekly. Also, he has presented papers at many conferences and seminars in India and abroad.

Falguni Chakrabarty is Professor at the Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University. Apart from his interests in the area of cultural ecology in which he has done his doctoral thesis and published a research monograph and a number of articles, he is currently working on social gerontology and policy oriented research on the comparative study of the problems of the old age persons in the urban and rural areas of West Bengal. Professor Chakrabarty teaches prehistoric archaeology, cultural ecology, social gerontology and Indian civilization and was visiting fellows at the Departments of Anthropology at Calcutta University and Manipur University.

Kaushik Bose is Associate Professor and currently Head of the Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University. Dr. Bose is a double Ph.D. in Anthropology from Punjab and Cambridge University. He is specialized in biological anthropology and has published a number of articles on human growth and nutrition among the tribal populations of eastern India. He has edited a number of books on the different areas of biological anthropology and was a visiting scientist at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore and has also taught at the University of Calcutta.