- 256 pages
- They Ask If We Eat Frogs: Social Boundaries and Ethnic Categorisation, and the Garo People of Bangladesh
- Ellen Bal
- 01 July 2019 Ellen Bal
This Study Deals With A Social Category, The Category Of Tribes, That Has The Connotation Of Being Fixed And Essentially Biologically Determined The Author Refutes Theoretical And Practical Notions Of Tribe, Or, As They Are Being Called In A Politically Correct Fashion, Indigenous Peoples Or Adivasis.The Author Demonstrates That The Ethnic Community Of Garos As We Know Them Today Is Of Relatively Recent Origin At The Same Time, The Case Of The Garos Is Also A Clear Example Of How Ideas And Images Can Become Social Reality.Through A Combined Historical And Anthropological Approach, This Study Contributes To Our Understanding Of The Complex Relations Between South Asia S Minorities And Their Neighbours, Of Their Self Perceptions And Their Presentations To The Outside World, And Of Their Place In The Modern State.