M.K. BHASIN AND VEENA BHASIN (University of Delhi, Delhi, India)

2002 • Pages: 177 • Size: 140 × 220 mm • ISBN 81-85264-29-5

Binding: Hard

Price: US $ 20/- Rs. 450/-


India is a multicultural country. Because of its diversity, it provides an ideal situation for undertaking anthropological works. How communities and populations continue to retain their identity, in social and cultural terms on one hand and biological on the other, and how they acquire the characteristics of the others because of cultural borrowing or interbreeding are the questions anthropologists systematically investigate. India offers an ideal case for examining unity in diversity both with biological and socio-cultural perspectives. Keeping this in view, the present book is an attempt to locate certain important features of India and her populations, and their historical and cultural backgrounds. The first part of the book gives an introduction, while its second part is a full-length treatment of the situation in India. The health scenario and population dynamics are also discussed in the second section.

This book introduces the reader to the anthropological reality of India.



        1.1 Introduction

        1.2 Indian Population Milieu

              1.2.1 History

              1.2.2 Skeletal Remains (Hominoid Human)

        Dental-Molar Crown

              1.2.3 Racial Classifications


        2.1 India

              2.1.1 India (After Census of India 1991)

              2.1.2 Growth of Population in India

        2.2 People and India

              2.2.1 Regional Groups

         Physiography and Natural Regions of India

         Climatological Factors and Climatic Regions of India

         Political Division of India

              2.2.2 Ethnic Groups


         Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes


         Traditional Occupational Groups

         Marriage Patterns


              2.2.3 Linguistic Groups

         Classification of Indian Languages

         Linguistic Regions

         Languages Specified in Schedule VIII of the Constitution of India

              2.2.3 Religious Groups

        2.3 Health and Population Dynamics

              2.3.1 Population


         Age Composition

         Sex Composition

         Urban-Rural Composition

         Occupational Structure

         Literacy and Education

         Religious Composition

         Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes

         Birth and Death Rates

              2.3.2 Health

         Women and Health

         Nutrition and Health

         Health Problems in India

         Causes of Death (Rural)

         State-wise Analysis of Major Cause-groups

         Age and Sex Distribution

         Health Care System


1. List of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes of India

2. List of Identified PrimitiveTribal Groups of India

3. Zones, States and Districts in India



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