Tribal Histories of India
Unit I Concept of tribe, is there a tribe? Definition of ‘Tribe’ as Emergent in Western Cultural Anthropology. ‘Tribes’ in the Indian Context Early Definitions (Travelers) Accounts, Administrators, Ethnography (Notes and Novels) Tribal or Folk Tradition (Redfield) Tribal Movements
Unit II Introduction to Historiography of the little tradition. Tribes in Ancient India. Sources for the Reconstruction of ‘Tribes’, View of Ancient Indian Tribe.
Unit III Indian Tribes in the Pre-Colonial Context. Approaches to the Reconstruction of their history from early. Medieval to immediate Pre-Colonial Period (Sources)
Unit IV Discourse on Tribes in the Colonial period. How were Tribes defined.
Unit V Impact of ITDP on the Tribes and the modern economic and political status.