Tribal Studies: Emerging Perspectives from History, Archaeology and Ethnography

  • Maguni Charan Behera


Interdisciplinary trend in contemporary academics has brought in expanding scope of conventional disciplines beyond their core area. The emerging phase is characterized by discipline’s critical engagement with new subject areas or topics covered in other disciplines by employing suitable methodologies drawing from cross-disciplinary sources. Consequently, comprehensive insight develops in understanding the phenomena of investigation in the discipline. Alternatively, when two or more disciplines engage in a particular field of knowledge, a distinct branch or discipline like ethno-history, ethno-linguistics, environmental studies, development studies, social work etc. emerges. Under the backdrop of the above theoretical position, the growth of tribal studies as a distinct branch of knowledge and the possibility of presenting it as a discipline, in view of the fact that several disciplines take interest in the study of diverse tribal issues, is explored in this chapter with reference to expanding frontiers of perspectives in the disciplines of history, archaeology and anthropology.


Tribal histography Ethnographic studies Living cultures Interactive perspectives Historical approach Material culture Synchronic and diachronic studies Horizontal borrowings Pre-literate people/community 


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  • Maguni Charan Behera
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  1. 1.Arunachal Institute of Tribal StudiesRajiv Gandhi UniversityItanagarIndia

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