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Campus Anthropology: A Case Study from West Bengal, India Abhijit Guha Published online: 31 May 2013.
To cite this article:Abhijit Guha (2013): Campus Anthropology: A Case Study from West Bengal, India, Anthropological Forum: A Journal of Social Anthropology and Comparative Sociology, 23:2, 158-177
To link to this article: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00664677.2013.779230
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In this ethnographic account, I attempt to write an anthropological narrative of my own university located in a district town of the West Bengal state in India about 130 kilometres from Kolkata, the capital of the state. My account does not come under the sub-discipline of ‘Educational Anthropology’ in which formal education is studied by the anthropologists as yet another process of the transmission of culture. My point of departure entails viewing the physical and the cultural space named‘university campus’ by situating the case study of Vidyasagar University in a theoretical and global context.The anthropological subjects in the cultural space labelled as‘campus’ range from the Vice-Chancellors to the indigenous tribal people who were viewed as‘encroachers’ by the university community, while the latter looked at the campus as part of their traditional village common land. Ironically, the aims and objectives of my university was to build up research and teaching towards the development of the tribal and the underprivileged people of the region in which the university is located. The case of my university and comparative cases of Columbia, Pennsylvania and Marquette Universities definitely differ in scale, but they also share one common point: expansion of a campus and its effect on the local community in the context of the ideals and objectives of university as a social institution. The empirical scenario demands the emergence of the new sub-discipline named‘campus anthropology’. Keywords: Campus anthropology; Universities; Participatory management; Medinipur; Vidyasagar University
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