Becoming Something Else: Society and Change in India's North East

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N.William Singh, Malsawmdawngliana, Saichampuii Sailo
Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Nov 25, 2015 - Social Science - 170 pages
This book examines the trends, perspectives and changes witnessed in the previously undocumented communities of India’s northeast, emphasising the continuity and transformations of these societies. Each chapter questions the nature of change, and highlights issues which are not a matter of choice but of conviction of the society. This volume will be informative to students and researchers in area studies programmes, anthropology, sociology, history, political science, law, public administration, and ethnology.
 

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Contents

Impact of the Developmental Plan on the Perception of Social and Cultural Change in Mizoram
1
Shifting Marriage Practices
13
Institutional Changes in the Toto Community
29
Zu and the Mizos
41
Aspects of Social and Cultural Changes
55
Ideas Institutions and Social Change in Sikkim
63
Social Change and Women in Assam
75
Interrogating Social Change
81
Migration and Social Change in Sikkim
95
The Social and Cultural Transformation of the Damai Community
107
Rituals Beliefs and the Traditional Occupation of Brewing Liquor in Chakpa Andro
115
Why English? A Historical Study from the Mizo Perspective
125
Society and Women
133
List of Contributors
141
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N. William Singh teaches Sociology at Pachhunga University College, Aizawl, having previously been a DAAD Scholar at Freie Universitat, Berlin. He has published research papers in a number of reputed journals, and has contributed chapters on India’s northeast to various edited volumes.

Malsawmdawngliana teaches History at Pachhunga University College, Aizawl. He was the recipient of the Dr Sheela Raj Award for Best Thesis from the University of Hyderabad in 2013, and is a member of the editorial board for the peer-reviewed International Journal on Interdisciplinary Research. He recently published the book Mizo Narratives: Accounts from Mizoram (2013), and has presented his work at a number of conferences both in India and abroad.

Saichampuii Sailo teaches Psychology at Pachhunga University College, Aizawl. She has contributed a number of research papers to various national and international journals. Her forthcoming book is titled Suicide: A Multi-disciplinary Approach.

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