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People of India - Kerala  (3 Volume Set)
People of India - Kerala (3 Volume Set)

People of India - Kerala (3 Volume Set)

by K S Singh

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Language

English

Publisher

Affiliated East-West

ISBN

8185938997 - Year: 2002 - Pages: 1704

Binding

Hardcover

K S Singh

Author: K S Singh
Editor: T Madhava Menon / Deepak Tyagi / B Francis Kuliran
Publisher: Affiliated East-West
Year: 2002
Language: English
Pages: 1704
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8185938997

Description

As part of this all-India project the ethnographic survey of all communities of present-day Kerala was taken up in collaboration with local scholars. The results of the survey were discussed and this work records the conclusions.

The Anthropological Survey of India launched the People of India project to generate an anthropological profile of all communities of India, the impact on them of change and the development process, and the links that bring them together. As part of this all-India project the ethnographic survey of all communities of present-day Kerala was taken up in collaboration with local scholars. The results of the survey were discussed at workshops held at Palakkad in May 1986, at Thiruvananthapuram in April 1988 and at regional workshops in Mysore during 1991-1992.

Kerala derives its identity from its ecology dominated by the coconut trees (nalikeram) or from the ancient kingdom of Chera. Its identity has evolved in history as it has assimilated the ethnic and cultural streams coming from across the seas and from the adjoining lands into its unique cultural mosaic which is defined inter alia by language, territory, dress, cuisine, fairs and festivals, elements of life-cycle ceremonies, folk religion and folklore. Two hundred and twenty-five communities are spread over its variegated ecology and its distinct regions, consisting of several tribes, including some of the primitive groups, peasant groups, fisherfolk, etc. Its eclectic traditions include the many sects of Hinduism, followers of ancient Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Jainism and Sickhism.

While Malayalam is the dominant language, there are also as many as 15 other languages spoken by people, who possess a higher incidence of bilingualism. The view abut the transition from patriliny to matriliny deserves to be re-examined, particularly as the three institutions avidly studied by social scientists, viz., the matrilineal system (marumakkathyam), matrilineal joint households (tarawad) and polyandry and hypergamy (sambandham) , have been considerably croded by forces of modernisation and market. The nuclear family is preponderant. The equal status of women, no doubt linked with its matrilineal tradition, is reflected in the favourable sex ratio and higher incidence of female equigeniture. Other traits that stand out in Keral are its settlement pattern and house types, higher incidence of vegetarianism with fish, consanguineous forms of marriage, junior sororate, and prevalence of child labour. What is known as the Kerala model of development projects the state’s excellent record in education, particularly female education, decline in infant mortality and significant population control. Poverty levels have fallen. The other side of the model is stagnation in economic growth, unemployment, the alienation of tribals; land, and the highest incidence of suicide among the youth. Other trends include influx of money from people of Kerala employed in West Asia, rapid urbanization, diversification of the economy, organization of the people for promotion of education and science, protection of the environment, planning from below and decentralisation.

Contents

PART ONE

Illustrations / A Note on the Series / Foreword /
Acknowledgements / Maps

Introduction
The Communities

PART TWO

Illustrations / A Note on the Series / Foreword /
Acknowledgements / Maps

The Communities (cont.)

PART THREE

Illustrations / A Note on the Series / Foreword /
Acknowledgements / Maps

The Communities (cont.)

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