Title: STAGES OF PRODUCTION: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY IN A CLAY
BRICKFIELD IN NORTH 24-PARGANAS, WEST BENGAL, INDIA
Authors: Sukla Sikder
Teaching Assistant, Department of Anthropology,
West Bengal State University, Barasat, Kolkata-126, WB, India
MLA 8 Sikder, Sukla. "STAGES OF PRODUCTION: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY IN A CLAY BRICKFIELD IN NORTH 24-PARGANAS, WEST BENGAL, INDIA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, vol. 3, no. 12, Dec. 2018, pp. 6989-6999, ijsser.org/more2018.php?id=493. Accessed Dec. 2018.
APA Sikder, S. (2018, December). STAGES OF PRODUCTION: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY IN A CLAY BRICKFIELD IN NORTH 24-PARGANAS, WEST BENGAL, INDIA. Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research, 3(12), 6989-6999. Retrieved from ijsser.org/more2018.php?id=493
Chicago Sikder, Sukla. "STAGES OF PRODUCTION: AN ETHNOGRAPHIC STUDY IN A CLAY BRICKFIELD IN NORTH 24-PARGANAS, WEST BENGAL, INDIA." Int. j. of Social Science and Economic Research 3, no. 12 (December 2018), 6989-6999. Accessed December, 2018. ijsser.org/more2018.php?id=493.
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Abstract: In India, the use of fired bricks belongs to Indus Valley Civilization. Since then the tradition of
using fired bricks being followed in India to enhance the durability and strength of any
construction. Presently like other states of India in West Bengal, fired bricks are in use for
construction purpose. Bricks are generally being produced locally in industries and small
enterprises in villages of rural Bengal. The present study had been done in a small enterprise
called Sadarpur Brick Field (SBF), which is situated under the village, Sadarpur under the
Icchapur-Nilgaunj Gram Panchayet, Barasat Block-II, in the District of North-24-Parganas, West
Bengal. In the said enterprise the labourforce employed in the production of bricks is mostly
local. But for the firing of the bricks, migrated labours, especially from Gujarat, Rajasthan is
being preferred for their efficiency as well as skill in the concerned sector. Through the present
study, it had been observed that different operational stages were involved in the production of
fired clay-bricks. The present study is basically an ethnographic profile of the stages of brick
production ranging from 'Soil collection' to 'Selling and transportation of bricks'. Through the
present study, the organization of production on and the issues are related to the processes of the
units of production and allied division of labours had also been observed. The empirical data had
been collected through Participant Observation, supplemented by Intensive Interviews with the
association of Questionnaires.
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