Author: Gerald D Berreman
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN/UPC (if available): 0195641086
Widely regarded as a classic, this volume is an ethnographic study of a hill village Sirkanda of the lower Himalayas of North India.
In this second edition of this interesting and thought provoking book, the author Gerald Berreman, an eminent anthropologist, adds a prologue and an epilogue. The prologue is an account of the research conditions under which he worked and illumines the bases for his ethnographic descriptions and analyses. The epilogue contains an account of the changes and continuities found by the author, ten years later, in the same village. The findings are insightful and have a wider relevance than the unit of study for our understanding of social trends in the region and the country at large.
Prologue : Behind many masks, Ethnography and Impression management
The Economic Context
The Religious Context : The Supernatural
The Religious Context : Calendrical and Life-Cycle ceremonies
Kin Group and Kinship
The Village Community
The Outside world : Urban Contacts and Government Programs
Epilogue : Sirkanda Ten Years Later