Department of Sociology

Dr. Rajatsubhra Mukhopadhyay

Dr. Rajatsubhra Mukhopadhyay

M.Sc. Ph. D in Anthropology (Calcutta University)


Life Member- Indian Sociological Society, Indian Anthropological Association, Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists

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Department of Sociology, University of North Bengal, P.O.-NBU, Dist. Darjeeling, West Bengal, Pin-734013, India.

Subject Specialization: Social Anthropology.

Areas of Research Interest: Agrarian Relations, Social Movements, Sociology of Kinship and Family, Social Demography.

No. of Ph.D. students:    (a) Supervised: 04       (b) Ongoing: 03

No. of M.Phil. students: (a) Supervised: Nil       (b) Ongoing: Nil.

No. of Publications:       60  (a) Professional Periodicals : 33        (b) Books (Including Edited ones): 05        (c) Edited Volumes: 22       

Achievement & Awards:

Professional Experiences:

Administrative Experiences:

Selective List of Publications:

            Books (Including Edited ones):
  1. Society and Religion. Delhi: Pearson, 2012.
  2. A Bibliography on the Rajbansi and Related Topics. Siliguri: N.L. Publishers, 2013.
  3. Ethnicity in India: Issues in Community, Culture and Conflict. Koikata; Levant Books, 2013.
  4. Some Early Accounts of the Rajbansi and Allied Communities, Siliguri: N.L.Publishers, 2014.
  5. Ethnicity in the East and North East India, New Delhi: Gyan Pub. House,  2015.

    Articles Published in Professional Periodicals:

  6. "Structure of Stratification in a Village of West Bengal", Bulletin of the Cultural Research Institute (SC/ST Welfare Dept., Government of West Bengal), 13(2 & 3), 1979.
  7. "Role of Caste in Agrarian Relations", Social Scientist, 8(9), 1980.
  8. "Economic Life of Rural Poor: Observation on a Burdwan Village: A Rejoinder", Journal of India Anthropological Society, 16(1), 1981.
  9. "Resource Distribution and Power Structure: A Case Study of a West Bengal Village", The Eastern Anthropologist, 35(1), 1982.
  10. "Folk Media and Development" (Co-author B.R. Patil), Social Change, 13(4), 1983.
  11. A Select Bibliography on “Communication for Development", Social Change, 13(4), 1983.
  12. "Political Communication and Political Behaviour in a Bengal Village", Journal of Indian Anthropological Society, 18(2), 1983.
  13. "Dilemma of Tribal Transformation: The Case of Chenchus", Vanyajati, 32(2), 1984.
  14. "Party Politics in Panchayat", Social Change, 14(2), 1984.
  15. "Landowner - Labourer Relation in Hooghly District", Journal of Indian Anthropological Society, 22(2+3), 1987.
  16. "Role of Gossip Centres in Village Communication", Human Science (Bulletin of Anthropological Survey of India), 38(2), 1989.
  17. "Party Politics, Panchayat and Conflict in a West Bengal Village" (Co-author S. Dasgupta), Man in India, 69(1), 1989.
  18. "Village Type and Land Leasing", Journal of Indian Anthropological Society, 27(2), 1992.
  19. "Nuclear and Joint Family Households in West Bengal Villages" (Co-authors S. Dasgupta and C. Weatherbie), Ethnology, 32(4), 1993.
  20. "The Cultural Framework of Agriculture", Trends in Social Science Research, 1(1), 1994.
  21. "Socio-Economic Transformation of the Rajbansis and Kamtapuri-Uttarkhand Movement in North Bengal", Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society, 30(3), 1995.
  22. "Folk Performing Arts: The Indigenous Channel of Communication", Trends in Social Science Research, 4(1), 1997.
  23. "Caste, Kinship and Agrarian Structure", Man in India, 77(1), 1997.
  24. "Agricultural Modernization and Environment", Journal of the Department of Anthropology, Calcutta University, 4(1), 1997.
  25. "The Rajbansis of North Bengal: A Demographic Profile", North Bengal University Review (Humanities and Social Sciences), 1997.
  26. "Contradiction and Change in Social Identity of the Rajbansis", Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society, 34(2), 1999.
  27. "Kahatriyaization among the Rajbansi : An Apprisal", Man in India, 79(3 & 4)1999.
  28. "Caste, Class and Family. Structure in West Bengal Villages", (Co-authors S. Dasgupta and S. Hennessey), Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 30(4), 1999.
  29. "Caste and Agrarian Structure in West Bengal : Implications for Rural Development" (Co-authors S.Dasgupta and S.Hennessey), Man and Development, 22(2), 2000.
  30. "Caste, Class and Agrarian Structure in West Bengal" (co-authors S. Dasgupta and S. Hennessey), Man in India, 80(1&2), 2000.
  31. "Village Type and Family Structure: Case of Hooghly District of West Bengal", Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society, 35(2), 2000.
  32. "Malady of Witch Hunting among some Tribes of North Bengal: Need for a Comprehensive Policy
    Intervention", Indian Journal of Social Development (An International Journal), 1 (2), 2001.
  33. "Family at the Economic Frontier: Issues in Perspective", Man in India, 82(3&4), 2002.
  34. "Fusion of Cults among some Indigenous Communities of Sub-Himalayan North' Bengal", Human Kind, Vol-2, 2006, pp. 151-158.
  35. "Formation of North Bengal Villages in the Colonial Period", The Eastern Anthropologist (A Peer Reviewed Journal) 63(3-4), 2010, pp. 431-441.
  36. 'Class Formation among the Tribes in India: A Brief Review” Man in India, 92 (3-4)2012,pp.387-398.
  37. "Political Successors in India: A Look at the Interplay between Leadership and Kinship in Politics", Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society, 49 (2&3),2014.
  38. "Reflections on the Demand for ST Status by some Ethnic Groups of Darjeeling Hills", Social Trends, 2(1), 2015.

    Articles in Edited Volumes:

  39. "Agrarian Relations in Ecological Context: A Study of Six Villages in Hooghi District of West Bengal" in Madhu S. Mishra (ed), Rural Development in Eastern and North-Eastern India. Calcutta: Indian Institute of Management, 1988.
  40. "Irrigation Opportunities, Agrarian Classes and Rural Development" (Co-author N.C. .Choudhury) in S.B. Chakraborty (ed), Social Science and Social Concern, New DelhI: Mittal Publications, 1988.
  41. "Ranabanda : A Village in West Bengal" in Paul Hartmann et al (eds), The Mass Media and Village Life: An Indian Study, New Delhi: Sage 1989.
  42. "A Portrayal of Homeless People in Calcutta" in Prodipto Roy and Shangon Dasgupta (eds), Urbanization and Slums, New Delhi: Har Anand Publications, 1995.
  43. "Social Countour of Darjeeling Hills" in Centre for Communication and Culture Action (eds), Glimpses of the Eastern Himalayan Culture; Calcutta: Centre for Communication and Cultural Action, 1999.
  44. "Hinduisation of the Tribes in India: The Case of Rajbansis" in P.K.Bhattacharya (ed.), The Kingdom of Kamta-Koch Behar in Historical Perspective, Calcutta: Rana Prakashan, 2000.
  45. "K.P.Chattopadhyay and the Study of Kinship" in Gautam Chattopadhyay (ed.), Life and Times of an Indian Anthropologist: K.P. Chattopadhyay, Calcutta: The Asiatic Society, 2000.
  46. "Assimilation, Adoption and Blending of Religious Traits and Cultural Revivalism: The Rajbansis of North Bengal" in N.K. Das (ed.), Culture, Religion and Philosophy, Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2003.
  47. "A Note on the Cultural Background of Kamtapur Movement in North Bengal" in Rajat K Das and  Debashis  Basu (ed.),North east India in Perspective ,New Delhi: Akansha Books,200S.
  48. "Contextualizing Fieldwork in Indian Anthropology" in Sanjay K.Roy and Ajit K. Danda (eds), Methodological Questions in Indian Anthropology. Jhargram: INCAA, 2007, pp. 110-124.
  49. "Srinivas and Village Studies: A Look into his Approach and Method" in P.K. Misra et.al. (eds), M.N. Srinivas: The Man and His Work, Jaipur: Rawat Publications, 2007, pp. 167-182.
  50. "Tension and Anxiety Over Proposed Sixth Schedule for Darjeeling Hills" in Sailen Debnath (ed], Social and Political Tensions in North Bengal Since 1947, Siliguri: N.L. PUblications, 2007, pp.219-230.
  51. "Conversion Vs Construction: A Discourse on Hindu Identity of the Rajbansis", in A K Haldar and Pradip K Bhowmick (eds), Societies and Cultures in India (Non Tribal Issues) Vol-II, Kolkata, R.N. Bhattacharya, 2008, pp.339-354.
  52. "Social Formation of the Rajbansis and the Emergence of the Kamtapuri Identity" in N.K. Das and V.R. Rao (eds), Identity, Cultural Pluralism and State: South Asia is Perspective, Delhi: Macmillan Publishers India Ltd. 2009, pp. 481-492.
  53. "A Note on Modernization and Changing Kinship Relations in India" in Joyanta Barbara and V.K. Srivastava (eds), Issues in Contemporary Society, Guwahati: DVS Publications, 2010, pp. 137-147.
  54. "State Response to Social Movements: The Case of Kamtapur Movement in North Bengal" in Maya Ghosh and Arun K Jana (eds), Development and Disorder, New Delhi: South Asia Publishers, 2011: pp. 212-226.
  55. ‘Interrogating Social Justice from Kinship and Gender Perspectives' in Kamlesh Gupta et al (eds.) Changing Dimensions of Social Justice in the New Global Era, New Delhi: Pentagon Press, 2012, pp.184-191.
  56. “Social and Political Thought of Ambedkar”, in R Ghosh and J. C. Basak (eds.), Socio-Political Philosophy of Ambedkar, North Bengal University: Centre for Ambedkar Studies, 2012.
  57. ‘Post-Transfer Situation in the Islampur Sub-division of North Dinajpur District of West Bengai', in Rajat Kanti Das and Dipak K. Midya (eds.), Many Faces of Development, INCCA Occasional papers No.19. Jhargram: INCCA,2012, pp.89-101.
  58. 'Genesis and Development of Surjapuri Movement in North Dinajpur" in R.K. Bhadra (ed.), Ethnicity in India .Kolkata : Levant Books,2013.
  59. “Identity Construction through Fission', in Sarthak Sengupta (Ed.) Ethnicity in North East India, New Delhi:  Gyan Pub.House, 2014, pp.78-90.
  60. ‘Ethics in Social Research: Issues in Perspective', in Subir Biswas (Ed.), Ethical Issues in Anthropological Research, New Delhi: Concept Pub., 2014, pp.16-26.