Adivasi Worlds:Encountering ‘Indian’ idealism in anthropology before independence

Rycroft, Daniel (2017) Adivasi Worlds:Encountering ‘Indian’ idealism in anthropology before independence. In: Environment and the Adivasi World. Alphabet Books, Kolkata, pp. 29-58. ISBN 9788192963525

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Invoking aspects of modern ‘Indian’ philosophy, this article asks how national idealism and ethnography coexisted before independence. The idea is to work, temporarily, within the parameters constructed by exponents of pre-independence sociology and anthropology, namely Radhakamal Mukerjee and Christoph von Fürer-Haimendorf, to ascertain the conceptual and philosophical purpose of their work. Less an exercise in ideational nostalgia, my concern is to acknowledge the historical existence of an environmental idealism in late-colonial India, and to probe its representational dynamics. Such dynamics, generally excluded from considerations of Adivasi pasts, do merit historical engagement. This focus complements rather than precludes others, as it offers intriguing opportunities for transcultural and transdisciplinary understanding.

Item Type: Book Section
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > School of Art, Media and American Studies
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Arts and Humanities > Research Groups > Art History and World Art Studies
Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 23 Jan 2018 16:30
Last Modified: 21 Jul 2023 10:41

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