, Mumbai campus
M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D. (Delhi)
Ritambhara Hebbar is Professor and Dean at the School of Development Studies, Mumbai. She has over twenty years of experience in teaching and has taught both at the undergraduate and post graduate levels. She has specialized in tribal studies, specifically on tribal culture, movements for self-rule, and governance. Her publications include her book titled Ecology, Equity and Freedom: Engagement with Self-Rule in Jharkhand (Earthworm 2011). The book is an ethnography of the struggle for self-rule in Jharkhand. It relocates the issue of tribal self-rule in Jharkhand to an experiment with forest restoration in a Ho village that reveals the reflexive engagement of locals over issues of ecology, science, culture and politics. Her coauthored book titled Towards a New Sociology in India (Orient Black Swan 2016) calls for a new sociological imagination, in step with the new realities, political dispensations as well as in the practice of sociology in India. It proposes a politically engaged sociology that is open to researching new sites through a blend of methodologies to unravel the dynamics of lived realities in contemporary India. Her recent research on security guards in Mumbai builds on this larger project, as it reveals the obscurity of dominant characterisation of village, caste and kinship in their narratives about life and work in the city. She is also engaged in a research on tribes in South India to comprehend the nature of anthropological and sociological research on them, and the contemporary situation of tribes in the region. Her other areas of research and writing include Social Institutions and Development Experiences; Rurality, Rural society and Social Change; and Sociology and Social Anthropology in India. She teaches on related themes such as Understanding Indian society, tribes in the contemporary world (focusing on tribal anthropology and cross-cultural perspective on tribes); tribes in India, qualitative research- approaches and methods, methodological issues in development research, social exclusion in India, environment and society, anthropology and development.
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