Indigenous Knowledge and Human Development: A Study in North East India
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- Author :Indira Barua
- Year of Publication :2015
- ISBN: :9789351251477
- Language: :English
- Binding: :Hard Bound
- No of Pages: X, 134
- Size: 23 cms
- Categories: Developmental Studies, Economics, North East Indian Studies, Political Science, Sociology
About the Book :
The systematic exploration and study of indigenous knowledge is regarded as a high priority research area. The present book is an attempt to highlight the indigenous knowledge system of Scheduled Tribe population of Assam.
The North East India is the home of large numbers of diverse and colourful ethnic groups having indigenous knowledge system of their own. The author tries to project the indigenous knowledge system giving emphasis on ethnomedicine, food habits and the process of transmission of knowledge system. The Scheduled Tribes account for a sizeable proportion of population of Assam and constitute an important segment of the social fabric of the state. While emphasizing on the indigenous knowledge, the author also deals with the religious beliefs and practices as knowledge, which emerges through practical experience and beliefs helps in preservation of knowledge.
Indigenous knowledge is always considered as a valuable resource for the Developmental Agencies. The author highlights the existence of certain deep rooted beliefs which are based on pure fallacies. There are also certain beliefs which have scientific reasoning behind it. Development Agencies should, therefore, consider this indigenous knowledge and use it to the best of advantage.
Through this book, the author highlights the rich indigenous knowledge of the colourful tribes and communities of Assam. It is hoped that this valuable information will serve the interest of anthropologists, social scientists, planners and policy makers who are really interested about the region and its indigenous population.
About Author :
Indira Barua, M.A., Ph.D. (1975) joined as a faculty member in the Department of Anthropology, Dibrugarh University and retired from the services in 2011. During her 25 years of service in the University she was involved in both academic and research activities and was the members of various academic and administrative bodies of the University. After retirement she continued her academic career as a UGC Emeritus Fellow for two years. Her publications include three books and two edited books on North East India covering the colourful tribes of this region. She has published scientific research papers in National and International Journals and her publications were duly recognized by various International bodies and were selected in their special volumes. She had attended seminars and conferences of various countries and was also invited to deliver talks. She supervised several research scholars for Ph.D. Degree and continued her research activities. She is the life member of many professional bodies.
Her research covers broad areas, e.g. ethnographic study, social demography and child care and development, Indigenous knowledge and various social problems.