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Rural change and anthropological knowledge in post-colonial India: a comparative 'restudy' of F.G. Bailey, Adrian C. Mayer and David Pocock, 1950-2012

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SN: 852771
Title: Rural change and anthropological knowledge in post-colonial India: a comparative 'restudy' of F.G. Bailey, Adrian C. Mayer and David Pocock, 1950-2012
Persistent identifier: 10.5255/UKDA-SN-852771
Depositor: Simpson Edward, SOAS University of London
Principal investigator(s): Simpson, E, SOAS University of London
Tina, O, Ruhr Universität Bochum
Alice, T, London School of Economics
Tommaso, S, University of Siena
Patricia , J, University of Edinburgh
Sponsor(s): Economic and Social Reseach Council
Grant number: ES/I02123X/1

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Simpson, E., Tina, O., Alice, T., Tommaso, S., Patricia , J. (2018). Rural change and anthropological knowledge in post-colonial India: a comparative 'restudy' of F.G. Bailey, Adrian C. Mayer and David Pocock, 1950-2012. [data collection]. UK Data Service. SN: 852771, http://doi.org/10.5255/UKDA-SN-852771

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This dataset results from an anthropological project that ‘restudied’ three villages in India that had originally been studied by anthropologists in the 1950s. The villages are Sundarana in Gujarat, Jamgod in Madhya Pradesh and Bisipada in Orissa. Sundarana was studied by David F. Pocock in 1953-1956; Jamgod by Adrian Mayer in 1954-1956 and Bisipada by F.G. Bailey in 1952-1959. The dataset consists of: (1) maps and census data generated by the fieldwork in 2012; (2) digitised fieldnotes (some 4,500 pages) of anthropologist F.G. Bailey's fieldwork in Orissa in the 1950s, for which the high definition images are hosted by the SOAS Digital Collection; (3) interviews with Bailey and Mayer about their research (video and audio); (4) photographic collection of Orissa in the 1950s; (5) images of Bisipada village, Odisha of 1950 and 2012; (6) ethnographic data collected during the 2012 resurvey of Jamgod, Madhya Preadesh; (7) ethnographic data collected during the 2012 resurvey of Sundarana, Gujarat. Concerned with understanding social change through anthropological methodology, the researchers used an open and reflexive methodology and some of the material consequently describes the working and decision-making processes of the research team.

This project examines social and economic change in post-colonial Indian villages. The Indian village was romanticised by the colonial administration (‘the village republic’), was the cornerstone of Gandhi’s philosophy on the future of a successful India, and became key to post-colonial development planning. After the Second World War, Indian villages were intensively studied by Indian, American and British anthropologists and village studies became central to the emergence of the sociological understanding of India. Through intensive new ethnographic fieldwork, the project aimed to ‘restudy’ three villages originally studied independently in the early 1950s by F.G. Bailey, Adrian C. Mayer and David F. Pocock (deceased) in Orissa, Madhya Pradesh and Gujarat respectively. Bailey and Mayer - both now in their 90s - contributed their field materials, memories and experience to the research. The project aimed to reveal some of the new sociological realities of rural India. The project asked: Who lives in villages? How do villagers relate to one another? What do they do? How does the present situation compare with the past? What has happened to the ‘caste system’, segregated gender roles, and popular religion? How do the trajectories of the three villages compare? In sum, what roles do villages play in the life of contemporary India?

Coverage, universe, methodology

Dates of fieldwork: 01 January 1950 - 31 December 2013
Country: India | United Kingdom | United States
Geography: India, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Orrisa
Observation units: Families and households
Geographic Units
Groups
Housing Units
Individuals
Kind of data: Alpha-numeric
Audio
Image
Textual
Video
Method of data collection: The field-oriented research was ethnographic and survey/census based both today and in the 1950s. We interviewed Bailey and Mayer and held methodologically open and discursive seminars at SOAS. The audio of which is included in this archive. A film crew visited the villages in Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

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Administrative and access information

Date of release:
First edition: 09 July 2018
Latest edition: 09 July 2018 (minor amendments only)
Copyright: Edward Simpson, SOAS University of London
Access conditions: The Data Collection is available for download to users registered with the UK Data Service. Parts are available openly to any user without the requirement for registration for download/access. Parts are subject to the permission of the data owner or his/her nominee. Please email the contact person for this data collection to request permission to access the data, explaining your reason for wanting access to the data.
Availability: UK Data Service
Contact: Simpson Edward, SOAS University of London

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