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Gendering Materials: Cultural analysis of Gender Differences in Tribal Society

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA

Int. Res. J. Social Sci., Volume 4, Issue (4), Pages 92-97, April,14 (2015)


Material culture is a concrete manifestation of the culture of a community. It represents the basic nature of a community; gender differences, livelihood practices, division of labour; religious, economic, and political activities. The material culture also gives an identity and pride to a community. It has utmost significance in simple societies because all the activities, folklore, and mythologies revolve around the material possessions of the people. Therefore, it reflects the entire cultural fabric of a community. The Chenchu is a hunting-gathering community with their habitat in Nallamalai hills and forest in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states of India. Their material possessions changed over time. The community is gradually segregating into territorial groups with the emergence of marked diversity depending on the place of residence. Accordingly, changes have been taking place in all the attributes of culture including its tangible part. The paper examines the gender specificity of materials, their manifestations and intra-community diversity.


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