Areas of Research Interest:Theoretical Sociology, Urban Sociology, Refugee Studies, Tribal Studies
No. of Ph.D. students: (a) Supervised: 03 (b) Ongoing: 02
No. of M.Phil. students: (a) Supervised: Nil (b) Ongoing: Nil.
No. of Publications: 53 (a) Articles: 47 (b) Books: 06
Achievement & Awards:
Awarded Gold Medal for First Position in M.A.
UGC Research Fellowship: 1982-85 (at the Dept. of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, Delhi University)
Commonwealth Post-Doctoral Scholarship 1991-92 (at AFRAS, University of Sussex);
Visiting fellow for three months at the Centre for Urban Economic Studies, Calcutta University (1997),
Visiting fellow for three months at the Centre for Asia Pacific Social Transformation Studies (CAPSTRANS), University of Wollongong, Australia, 2003.
Visiting fellow for two weeks at the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, DU, during 1-15 November 2010;
Visited OKD Institute of Social Change and Development (OKDISCD) from 19 to 26 January 2013 as a visiting professor and delivered two lectures,
Visited School of Social Systems, JNU, as a visiting scholar, from 27 January to 11 February 2014.
Visited Sikkim University as a Visiting Faculty between 22-29 August and 15-22 October 2014.
Visited the Dept. of managerial Psychology and Sociology, University of Economics in Prague on 15 April to 30 April 2016.
Teaching and Research experience for more than three decades as a University teacher.
‘Social Trends’ the Annual Journal of the Department of Sociology, North Bengal University, Vol. 1, No. 1, March 2014, ISSN: 2348-6538; Vol 2, No. 1, March 2015, ISSN: 2348-6538
‘Social Trends’ the Annual Journal of the Department of Sociology, North Bengal University, Vol. 2, No. 1, March 2015, ISSN: 2348-6538
Guest editor (with Prof. T.B. Subba), Journal of Indian Anthropological Society, Special Issue in memory of Prof. Nirendra Chandra Choudhury, Vol. 49, Nos. 1 & 2, 2014, ISSN 0019-4387
Chairman Board of U.G. Studies in Sociology.
Head of the Department of Sociology. Served as H.O.D. for two other terms.
Member- Governing Council, INCAA
Associate Editor, Journal of Indian Anthropological Society
Editor, Social Trends: Journal of the Department of Sociology of North Bengal University
Selective List of Publications:
(Edited Vol.) Refugees and Human Rights: Social and Political Dynamics of Refugee Problem in Eastern and North Eastern India (New Delhi: Rawat Publications, 2001).
(Monograph)Tribes, Education and Gender Question (New Delhi: Northern Book Centre, 2005).
(Edited with Ajit K Danda) Methodological Question in Social Anthropology (Calcutta: Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists, 2007).
(Monograph) Work Participation of Tribal Women and Marginalization: The Case of Tribes in North Bengal (Calcutta: Levant Books, 2008)
(Edited with Anita Bagchi) Changing Faces of Indian Women (Calcutta: Levant Books, 2009)
(Edited with R.S. Mukhopadhyay) Ethnicity in the East and North-East India, New Delhi: Gyan Books, 2015.
‘Urban Poor in Calcutta Slums and the Problem of Disorganization’, North Bengal University Review, 7(2), 1986
‘For an Ecological Consciousness’ in the Inaugural Volume of the Journal of AASM Biophysics Research Centre, Raiganj University College, 1987, pp.47-51
‘Continuities and Contradictions in Urban India’, Occasional Paper, Dept. of History, North Bengal University, 1988.
‘Conflict and Change in Rural India’, Kanchanjungha, North Bengal University, 1989.
‘Occupational Adaptation of the Refugees in a Bengal Village’ (Co author: Maitrideepa Barua), Human Science, 37(2), 1988, pp. 146-156
‘Class Question in Urban India’, Science and People, 3(2), 1992, pp. 72 – 92.
‘Applicability of the Concept of Marginality in a Mono-caste slum in Calcutta’, Journal of Indian Anthropological Society, 27 (2), 1992.
‘Politics in Calcutta Slums’, Science and People, 4(2), 1993, pp. 68-84.
‘State, Ideologies and Urban Poor in Third World”, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXVIII No. 49, Dec.4, 1993, pp. 2677-2681.
‘Tensions in Middle Class Families in Contemporary India’ (Co-author: Dr. Saswati Biswas), in K.K.Chakraborty (Ed.) Indian Family, Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangrahalaya, Bhopal, 1994, pp. 98-109.
‘Gramsci’s Notion of Commonsense Ideology: A Methodology for Social Research’, Science and People, 1996.
‘Life in Calcutta Slums’ in Prodipto Roy and S. Dasgupta (Eds.) Urbanisation and Slums, New Delhi: Har-Anand Publishers, 1996, pp.89-110.
‘Slum Dwellers’ Movement in Calcutta’, in S.K. Choube and B. Chakraborty (Eds.) Social Movements in India, Calcutta: K.P. Bagchi & Co., 1998, pp. 1-20.
‘Refugees and Human Rights: The case of refugees in Eastern and North-Eastern States of India’ in Sanjay K. Roy (Ed.) Refugees and Human Rights: Social and Political Dynamics of Refugee Problem in Eastern and North Eastern India. New Delhi: Rawat Publications, 2001,pp. 17-62.
‘Stateless World of Bengali Refugees: A Question of Rights’ in Sanjay K Roy (Ed.) Refugees and Human Rights: Social and Political Dynamics of Refugee Problem in Eastern and North Eastern India. New Delhi: Rawat Publications, 2001, pp. 174-198.
‘Bengali Refugees in India and their Rights’, The Journal of the Anthropological Survey of India (Special Issue on Marginal Communities), Vol. 51, No. 1, March 2002, pp. 83-101.
‘Bangladeshi Refugees in India: Statelessness, Rehabilitation and Citizenship’, The Indian Society of International Law (ISIL) Year Book of International Humanitarian and Refugee Law, Vol. II, 2002, pp. 207-227.
‘The ‘Subject’ and “Rebel” in Women-Self: A Case Study of the Women Students of North Bengal University’ in Anil Bhuimali (ed.) Education, Employment and Empowering Women, New Delhi: Serials Publications, 2004, pp. 77-103
‘Traditional Authority Structure in Democratic Polity: A Case Study of the Molsoms of Tripura’ (with Ramendranarayan Sen as the co-author), Tui: A Quarterly Research Journal on Tribal Life and Culture, Vol. XII (4th Issue) No. 46, October-December 2004: 33-42
‘Politics of Devolution: The West Bengal Experience’, in Amal Mandal (ed.) Rural Development in West Bengal, New Delhi: Northern Book Centre, 2005, pp. 47-77
‘Conflicting Nations in North East India’, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XL No. 21 May 21 2005: 2176-2182
Written a unit on ‘Liberal Approach to Development’ for Sociology of Development, Course Material for PG Programme in Sociology, IGNOU, New Delhi, 2005.
Written a unit on ‘Women in Local Self Governments’ for PG Programme in Sociology for IGNOU, New Delhi, 2006.
Written Unit 15: ‘Urbanization in India: Levels, Trends and Patterns’ for PG Programme in Sociology for IGNOU, New Delhi, 2006.
‘Unrest in Everyday Life and the Search for a Free Space’, in Ajit K Danda, S B Chakrabarti and Arabinda Basu (eds.) Social Unrest, Calcutta: Indian National Confederation of Academy of Anthropologists (INCAA), 2006: 1-26.
‘Urban Development in India: A Critique’, Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society, Number 2 & 3 July/November 2005: 209-226.
‘Some Methodological Issues in Social Anthropological Research’ in Sanjay K Roy and Ajit K Danda (eds.) Methodological Question in Social Anthropology, Calcutta: Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists, 2007: 183-212.
‘Social Background and Changing Priorities of Women Students of North Bengal University’, in S Roy Mukherjee (ed.) Indian Women: Broken Worlds, Distant Dreams, Kolkata: Lavent Books, 2007: 252-279.
‘The Fieldworker and the Field: Some Methodological Questions’ in Kanak Kanti Bagchi (ed.) Research Methodology in Social Sciences: A Practical Guide, Delhi: Abhijeet Publications: 308-325.
‘North Bengal Tribes in Development Perspective’, Journal of the Indian Anthropological Society, Vol. 44, No. 1, March 2009: 5-27.
‘Areas of Freedom and Subjugation in the Life of Tribal Women’ in Anita Bagchi and Sanjay K. Roy (eds.) Faces of Indian Women, Calcutta: Levant Books, 2009: 196-225
‘Understanding Conflicts in Evolving Urban India: Paradigmatic Complexities’ in AK Danda and Dipali Danda (eds.) Anthropology in India: Current Epistemology and Future Challenges. Jhargram: Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists, 2010: 44-78
‘The Integrationist State, Expanding Market and the Struggle of the Adivasis in the Dooars and Terai for a Self’ in A K Danda and D. Danda (eds) State, Development and Communities. Kolkata: INCAA and IGRMS, Bhopal: 2011: 83-135
‘The Liberal Democracy and the Struggle of the Adivasis in the Dooars and Terai for a Self’ in Biswajit Ghosh (ed.) Interrogating Development. New Delhi: Rawat Publications, 2012: 81-103.
‘Colonized Physical and Mental Space in Cities’ (in an a volume edited by Sumita Chaudhuri, in press)
‘Strategies for the Development of Tribes of North Bengal: Beyond an Assessment’ in A.K. Danda, K.K. Basa and K. K. Misra (eds.) Anthropological Impact Assessment of Development Initiatives, INCAA, Jhargram, 2012: 159-180.
‘Understanding Man (and Woman), Self and Subjectivity’ in A. K. Danda, K. K. Basa and K.K. Misra (Eds.) Plural Nature of Anthropology: Golden Jubilee Lectures. Kolkata: Indian Anthropological Society: 2012: 53-86.
‘The Contrasting Outlooks Towards the Girl Child in India, Journal of Indian Anthropological Society, 48: 123-142 (2013); ISSN: 0019-4387
‘The Levels of Cultural Praxis and Contesting Identities’ in A. K. Danda, N. Hasnain and Dipali Danda (eds.), Contested Identities in the Globalized World. Jhargram: INCAA, 2013: 1-27; ISBN: 81-903866-8-9
‘Plural Nature of Anthropology and the Uncertain Future of Mankind’ in a book edited by Ajit K. Danda, S. Gregory and Dipali Danda(eds.) Anthropology and the Future of Mankind. Jhargram: INCAA, 2014; ISBN: 978-93-83088-04-1
‘ Modes of Alienation of Adivasi Land in North Bengal: A Field View’, The Indian Journal of Anthropology, Vol. 2, Number 2, 2014: 53-84 (ISSN 2320-3757).
‘Understanding Educational Backwardness of the Tribes of North Bengal’ in Niladri Pradhan (ed.) Tribal Education in India. Kolkata: Firma KLM Private Limited, 2014: 22-51 (ISBN: 81-7102-177-8).
‘Tribal Question in North-East India: Changing “Governmentality” and Identity Politics’ in Ajit K. Danda, Sarthak Sengupta and Dipali G. Danda (eds.) Unrest, Insurgency and Beyond. Jhargram: Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists and IGRMS. 2015: 57-99 (ISBN: 978-93-83088-06-5).
‘Marginalisation, Alienation and Ethnic Identity Formation: The Case of the Adivasis in Dooars and Terai Regions of North Bengal’, in Sanjay K. Roy and Rajatsubhra Mukhopadhyay (eds.) Ethnicity in the East and North-East India. New Delhi: Gyan Publishing House, 2015: 183-213 (ISBN: 978-81-212-1255-7).
(with Babika Khawas as co-author) ‘Deserted Women in Patriarchal Sikkim and Darjeeling Hills’ Social Trends: Journal of the Department of Sociology of North Bengal University, Vol. 2, No.1; March 2015: 35-55 (ISSN: 2348-6538)
‘Colonized Physical and Mental Space and Conflicts in Cities’, in Sumita Choudhuri (ed.) Facets of Urbanization. UK: Cambridge Scholars Publishing: 2015: 123-149 (ISBN: 978-1-4438-7111-2)
‘Governmentality in Neo-Libral Globalized Indian Democracy’ in Danda, AK, et al (eds) Society, State and Governance, Jhargram: Indian National Confederation and Academy of Anthropologists, 2016: 189-220 (ISBN: 978-93-83088-13-3.