Tarak Chandra Das: An Unsung Hero of Indian Anthropology

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Abhijit Guha
2016, xiv+74pp
Paperback, 9789385883019
Rs. 345.00

The book tells the untold story of a pioneering anthropologist in India who at the best remained not more than a conscientious teacher and meticulous ethnographer and at worst simply forgotten. Each chapter of the book unfolds a plethora of thrilling facts and enchanting analyses of the contributions of T.C.Das which traces the trajectory of Das’ works through time without missing its historical context. The book sets an example of serious biographical research in Indian Anthropology which is yet to develop into an established specialization.

Dr. Abhijit Guha, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Vidyasagar University, Midnapore, West Bengal, India.

I. Introduction
Main Argument
Why this Book?
Das and the Colonial Connection of Indian Anthropology
T. C. Das: A Sufferer of Academic Amnesia
Assessment of the Contributions of T.C. Das by His Pupils: Sinha and Roy-Burman

II. Research Interests of T.C. Das
A Brief Account
Pre-Purum Ethnographies
A Few Ethnographic Snapshots: Papers in Man and Ethnos

III. Turning Points: Science Congress Lecture, Purum And Chiru
Running Ahead of Time: The Science Congress Presidential Address
Return of the Purum or Missing the Wood for the Trees
Ecology, Economy and Gender: Beyond Ethnographic
Description

IV. Bengal Famine: Das, Sen And Tauger
Bengal Famine: Away From Tribes and Castes
Methodology and Ethics of Research
From Micro to Macro Holism

V. T.C. Das in the Arm-Chair
Dealing with Policy and Law
Early Articles on Folk Elements and Sun-Worship
Fish Article
Bengal Dowry Restriction Bill
The Hindu Code Bill
The Museum article
Tribal Religion

VI. Conclusion
War, socialism and the impact of market economy
Return to the tribes
Final remarks

Complete Bibliography of T.C. Das
Reference
Index

Reviewed by
Professor Rajat Kanti Das
Published in
The Statesman, 26 June 2016.

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