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Dr C.J. Sonowal

Associate Professor , Mumbai campus

Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies

M.Sc., Ph.D. (Dibrugarh)

  • Did Master Dregree from Dibrugarh University, Assam, with specialization in Advanced Social and Cultural Anthropology.
  • Worked as Assistant Research Officer in Directorate of Cultural Research in Arunachal Pradesh.
  • Qualified UGC NET in 1991.
  • Received Ph. D. from Dibrugarh University, Department of Anthropology on "Gender Relatioship among the Tribes" in 1996.
  • Joined TISS in the year 1992 as a Lecturer in the Unit for Child and Youth Research.
  • Presently attached to the Centre for Study of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies.

Primary research interests are:

  • Tribes and issues related to tribes that includes:
  1. Identity and Ethnicity among the tribes.
  2. culture and religion among the tribes.
  3. socio-political movements among the tribes.
  4. Tribal development and issues of Autonomy and self-determination.
  5. Health issues of tribal people.
  6. Gender and violence against women among the tribes.
  • 10 Research Projects have been undertaken on these interest area.


  1. Gender System among the Sonowal Kacharis. Raj Publishing House, 2000.
  2. Quest for Identity, Autonomy and Development: Contemporary trends in Ethnic and Tribal Assertion in Assam. Akansha Publishing House, Delhi, 2010. (2 Volume).
  3. Religion and Ethnic Reconstruction among the Tribes of North east India. Akansha Publishing House, Delhi, 2013.
  4. Tribal Women in Oral Tradition. Akansha Publishing House, Delhi, 2014.
  5. Medical Anthropology. Akansha Publishing House, Delhi, 2018

Articles and Chapters etc: (Selected ones only):

  1. Autonomy without being Autonomous: The Fate of Much Hyped Dreams of the Lesser Groups. In A. Sarmah (Ed.), Democracy and Diversity in North East India, Guwahati: DVS Publishers, 2013.
  2. Portraying Women in Oral Tradition among the Tribes: A Study in Assam. In D. Shukla (Ed.), Interpreting Feminism Vis a Vis Activism, Jaipur: Mittal Publications, 2013.
  3. Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies: A Methodological Issue in Studying Tribes in Assam. In A. Chandra (Ed.), Indigenous Population and Social Exclusion in India: Various Dimensions, New Delhi: Serials Publications, 2013.
  4. Women in tribal societies” a reading material written for IGNOU in anthropology (block vi: social stratification and gender; unit- 5: women in tribal societies)
  5. Environmental Education in Schools: The Indian Scenario, Journal of Human Ecology, Vol.28, No1, October, 2009.
  6. The Democracy of Exclusion of Tribal India through Inclusive Policies, The Eastern Anthropologist, 64(4), 383–394, 2012.
  7. Politics of Immigration, Resentment and Threat to National Integrity: A Political Discourse on Assam, India, Icfai University Journal of International Relations, Vol. 3, No. 2,
  8. Factors Affecting the Nutritional Health of Tribal Children in Maharashtra, Studies on Ethno-Medicine. Kamla-Raj Enterprises, Delhi, Vol.4 No.1: 2010
  9. Entrepreneurship Development: A Study Among the Tribes of Assam, Tribal Rights: A Praxis. Amicus Books, by ICFAI University Press, Hyderabad, 2010
  10. Transition of Gender System Through Time and Space: Case Study of a Tribal Group in Assam, India, Global Journal of Human Social Sciences,vol.10, Issue 4, Version 1.0.2010
  11. Entrepreneurship Development: A Case study Among the Tribes of Assam, The Icfai Journal of History and Culture, Vol. II, No.2: 2008.
  12. Indian Tribes and Issue of Social Inclusion and Exclusion, Studies of Tribes and Tribals. Vol. 6, No. 2:2008
  13. Entrepreneurship  and  Economic  Development:  A  Study among the Mishing Tribes of Assam, Man in India, October- December, Vol 80 (4):2008. (co author).
  14. Demographic Transition of Tribal People in Forest villages of Assam, Studies of Tribes and Tribals, Vol. 5 No. 1:2007
  15. Tradition Vs Transition: Acceptance of Health care Systems among the Santhals of Orissa, Studies on Ethno-Medicine, Vol.1 No.2: 2007 (co author).
  16. Anthropology in North-east India: an Insider's View. INCAA Bulletine, 2015.
  17. Forest Villages in Assam: A Critical Review of Development Initiatives (2016). 
  18. Radiation and Tribal Health in Jadugoda: The Contention Between Science and Sufferings. Stud. Tribes Tribals, 1(2): 111-126 (2003)
  19. Declining Youth Dormitory: A Case of Culture Change among the Adis of Arunachal Pradesh 1997 In K.C.Mahanta (ed.) Peoples of the Himalayas: Ecology, Development, Culture and Change: Kamla-Raj Enterprises, Delhi.
  • Research Projects undertaken:
  1. Health and Treatment seeking behaviour among the Tea garden workers in Assam, with special reference to the incidence of TB
  2. Situating Violence against Women within Gender system among the Tribes of North East india (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Meghalaya). (ongoing)
  3. Investigating the process of Social Exclusion and Inclusive Policies among the Tribes of Assam. (ongoing)
  4. Social Analysis of Joint Forest Management and National Afforestation Programme Scheme in Maharashtra.
  5. Administration of Forest Villages and Tribal Situation in Assam.
  6. Factors Affecting Health of Tribal Children in Maharashtra..
  7. Environmental Orientation to School Education: An Evaluation of Centrally sponsored Programme by Government of India.
  8. Problems and Prospects of Entrepreneurship Development among the Tribal youth in Assam.
  9. Problems of youth in forest villages: A study in Dibrugarh district, Assam.
  10. Youth Dormitory and Enculturation process among the Adis of Arunachal Pradesh.


"Tribal Movement in India" M. Phil course in Inclusive Development and Justice, CSSEIP.

Occasional teaching on issues of tribal movement and ethniciety.

M. Phil and Ph. D. Guidance:

Accept students for M. Phil and Ph. D. guidance whose research areas include issues related to various aspects of Tribes especaially in North East India.

M.A. Research Guidance:

Accept students for M. A research guidance whose research areas include issues related to various aspects of Tribes and other indigenus communities.

Email: moina[at]tiss[dot]edu




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