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Title:
REVISITING THE CONCEPT OF TRIBE: A CRITICAL EVALUATION OF EXISTING DISCOURSES WITH REFERENCE TO KERALA

Authors:
Muhammed Sihas K. M, Dr. Lekshmi V. Nair

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1Muhammed Sihas K. M, 2Dr. Lekshmi V. Nair
1. Department of Humanities, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
2. Associate Professor, Department of Humanities, Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala

MLA 8
K.M, Muhammed Sihas, and Dr. Lekshmi V. Nair. "REVISITING THE CONCEPT OF TRIBE: A CRITICAL EVALUATION OF EXISTING DISCOURSES WITH REFERENCE TO KERALA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 3, no. 9, Sept. 2018, pp. 5021-5033, ijsser.org/more2018.php?id=351. Accessed Sept. 2018.
APA
K.M, M., & V. Nair, D. (2018, September). REVISITING THE CONCEPT OF TRIBE: A CRITICAL EVALUATION OF EXISTING DISCOURSES WITH REFERENCE TO KERALA. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 3(9), 5021-5033. Retrieved from ijsser.org/more2018.php?id=351
Chicago
K.M, Muhammed Sihas, and Dr. Lekshmi V. Nair. "REVISITING THE CONCEPT OF TRIBE: A CRITICAL EVALUATION OF EXISTING DISCOURSES WITH REFERENCE TO KERALA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 3, no. 9 (September 2018), 5021-5033. Accessed September, 2018. ijsser.org/more2018.php?id=351.

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Abstract:
This paper is a critical overview of various debates and arguments regarding the identity questions highlighted in existing definitions of tribes. There have been mainly three concepts used in academia, such as, 1) Tribes, 2) Adivasis and 3) Indigenous people. The prime aim of the study is to analyze and understand these conceptual categories particularly in the Kerala context with the support of empirical knowledge. Specifically, the paper is an attempt to critically engage that the existing definitions and concepts on tribes are in many ways outdated and there is a need for redefinition of the same, especially in the context of Kerala. The existing criteria such as,1) Indication of Primitive traits 2) Distinctive Culture 3) Geographical Isolation 4) Shyness of contact with the larger community and 5) Backwardness, have to be re-examine. The paper also makes suggestions with respect to possibilities to overcome these limitations.