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In Forest, Field and Factory

In Forest, Field and Factory
Adivasi Habitations through Twentieth Century India

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  • Gauri Bharat - Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture, and the Program Chair for Architectural History and Theory at CEPT University, Ahmedabad

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October 2019 | 200 pages | SAGE YODA Press
In the early twentieth century, Adivasi villages typically comprised small wooden huts amid a thickly forested landscape. Today, Adivasi dwellings are larger, more permanent, built of mud and often covered with elaborate murals. Drawing out stories of everyday lives that have largely remained hidden from history, In Forest, Field and Factory: Adivasi Habitations through Twentieth Century India uncovers how and why Adivasi dwellings changed, and what it reveals about communities’ relationships with their environments. The book focuses on Santals, one of the largest Adivasi communities in eastern India, who are particularly renowned for precision and craftsmanship in domestic architecture and mural art. Why did Santal families shift from using wood to building with mud? How did different Santal villages develop distinctly different mural art traditions? In answering these questions, a new kind of historical narrative emerges—one that is not about buildings alone but also provides insights into Adivasi people’s lives and their engagements with social, environmental and historical environments via architecture. This book will be of equal interest to students and scholars of architecture, history, environment studies and anthropology.
Introduction: Foregrounding Change
The Orak and Its History
Materials and Making
Of Technology and Memory
The Transformation of Domestic Art
Of Kulhi and Community
Domestic Space, Mobility and Patterns of Everyday Life
Epilogue: Whither Adivasi Modernity?

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Gauri Bharat

Gauri Bharat is Associate Professor, Faculty of Architecture, and Program Chair of Architectural History and Theory at CEPT University, Ahmedabad. Her research interests include understanding how people engage with the built environments, and the ways in which people produce, transform and inhabit them. She combines her knowledge of art history, from PhD at the University of East Anglia, with her understanding of architecture, from MA Arch. from National University of Singapore, for her work on Adivasi-built environments as an archive of history.  More About Author

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ISBN: 9789353288068