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India: Cultural Patterns and Processes

1st Edition

Edited by Allen G. Noble


396 pages

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Hardback: 9780367018818
pub: 2019-06-07

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In this comprehensive analysis of India's cultural patterns, twenty-two U.S., Indian, and British scholars address both the diversity and the unity of India's culture, emphasizing the spatial distribution of cultural forms. Their discussions range from literacy to literature, classical dance, art and architecture, religion, philosophy, diet and disease, ethnicity, and the urban and agrarian environments. More than one hundred photographs, maps, and diagrams are included.

Table of Contents

Preface -- The Culture of India in Spatial Perspective: an Introduction -- The Spatial Variation of Indian Literacy -- The City as Jungle in the Indo-English Novel -- Urban Environment and Citizen Perception: the Calcutta Experience -- Ethnic Neighborhoods in Indian Cities: the Paras of Dumka and the Bengali Tola of Bhagalpur -- Rural House Types and Village Settlement Patterns -- Caste and Urban House Type in South India: Brahmin Houses in Tamilnadu and Karnataka -- Indian Dance: Classical Unity and Regional Variation -- The Geography of Folk Art in India -- The Architecture and Organization of Kerala Style Hindu Temples -- Patterns of Religious Diversity -- Ahimsa, Man and Animals: Aspects of Religion in the Cultural Landscape of Western India -- The Sacred Cow Concept: Its Impact on other Bovines, Economic Life, and Human Genetics -- Cultural Patterns and Health and Disease in India -- Diet and Disease: Some Cultural Aspects of Food Use in India -- Patterns of Indian Pastoralism -- Cultural Ecology of Rural Settlements in the Chandigarh Dun Region -- Decision-Making Groups and Agrarian Spatial Change -- The Cultural Geography of India in Perspective

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HISTORY / General