Profile of Dr. KASI ESWARAPPA, University of Hyderabad, INDIA
Tribes and Other Backward Communalities in India (offered January- May 2009); Fieldwork and Research Methods (offered July-December 2009), Introduction to Social Anthropology, Theories of Culture, Applied Anthropology and Tribal/Indigenous Development, Anthropology of Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Livelihoods.
Anthropology of Natural Resources Management and Sustainable Livelihoods, Mobility and Migration with reference to Diasporic Anthropology, Anthropology of Development and Social Change, Rural and Tribal Livelihoods in the Globalisation era, Ethnographic Discourse of the Tribes and the Marginalized, Anthropology of Information and Technology and Anthropology of Communication Studies.
Summary of Areas of specialization:
Being a scholar of Anthropology, I understood ‘anthropology’ is a science of human and its socio-cultural mechanism. According to time and space ecological system of human and its behavioural practices have in changing process. Anthropology has not been confined only to paramount the evolution theory of human but also it emphasizes on the evolution of human socio-cultural practices.
The history of anthropology says anthropology is an inter-disciplinary subject which is dealing with the cultures of primitive society, evolution theory, Fossil studies, archaeology, Anthropological Linguistics, Race and Ethnicity, Social structures (Family and kinship, marriage and divorce), festivals and rituals, customs and traditions, law of economics, land, poverty and starvation, development, gender, empowerment, children studies, education, policy, etc,.
Apart from these dominated areas of anthropology, the new areas have emerged to study social development and changing aspects of micro-macro society, i.e. called as ‘anthropology of development and change’. It has defined as the subject of marginalized communities. It need to be study by anthropologists because they can go through the reality and study properly in using their techniques such as case studies, participant observation, interviews, which are brought out the authenticity of the people and their problems. Further, it will suggest the solutions to be implemented by the authorities/government for resolving the immediate issues of people.
The basis of development and social welfare is to target the marginalized and downtrodden sections of the society. They may be from the rural areas/countryside or urban set-up of fringes of rural and urban. It is here my research area ‘Anthropology of Development and Change’ fits in to address the voices of un-heard communities and represent their problems. Further, it also focuses on the basic necessities of the marginalized and evaluate the development programmes to measure the change that took place with a result of the welfare programmes.
Post-1990s India experienced the third phase of globalization, which is very active in all areas of the development. This is not an exception to the rural and urban communalities of the society. It is here, my area ‘Sustainable Rural Livelihoods and Natural Resource Management’ tries to look at the existing resources and its management of the communalities in order to cope up the shift changes in their surroundings due to onset of globalization. Livelihoods become core issues of the communalities concerned and also its sustenance is important to study as anthropologists.
‘Ethnographic discourse of the Other’ is one of the focal areas of anthropology in the present decade. Though, the theory of ethnography has been studies from the beginning now it has developed in the wider perspectives. Ethnography became a method and methodology in anthropological study. Ethnographic enquiry of the marginalized and subordinated groups has become the hallmark of anthropology in contemporary society. While conducting an ethnographic study of a particular group of people or society, it deals with the habitual properties of human such as language, literature, material culture, surrounding environment, education, magic, entertainment, handicrafts, livelihoods, the hierarchy of caste class, knowledge transmission, ethno-medical practices, science and technology, etc,. all these aspects clearly giving the social set-up of human rather monographic study of a group of people. Though, ethnographic study and monographic study of a group of people are synonymous but they are different from each other in a point of use of their method and methodology faithfulness. This is an emerging theme of contemporary anthropological study which helps to minimize the social tension between the people of different caste, class, religion, race, gender, and social exclusion, etc,.
• ANTHROPOLOGY AND DEVELOPMENT IN A GLOBALIZED INDIA: AN ETHNOGAPHY OF SERI-CULTURE FROM THE SOUTH, Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, UK, 2009.
• “Ethnographic Discourse of the Other: Conceptual and Methodological Issues”, (co-edited) Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008 & 2009 (paper back).
• “Theory and Practice of Ethnography: Readings from the Periphery”, (co-edited) Rawat Publications, 2009 (in Press).
• “Issues and Perspectives in Anthropology Today” (co-edited) MAN IN INDIA, Special Issue, January-June 2009.
• “Rethinking Developmental Discourse in the 21st Century India”, (co-edited) Serials Publications, 2009 (in press).