Beginning by describing the pertinence of communication to grasping the overall substance of social reality, the volume is divided into the following three parts:
- Forms of self-identity: This section looks at the emergence and construction of personal and collective identities through myths, religious idioms, stories and traditions of marginalized communities.
- Grounds of work relations: Here, the contributors focus on occupations and vocations of the peasant and artisan communities of western India.
- Bonds of health practices: The focus of this section is on healthcare practices and knowledge of traditional communities.
The second in a three-volume series titled Communication Processes, this book will be of considerable interest to scholars of communication and media studies, oral studies as also social workers dealing with health practices.
|Overture: Recasting 'the Social' as 'the Symbolic'||Bernard Bel, Jan Brouwer, Biswajit Das, Vibodh Parthasarathi and Guy Poitevin|
|Negotiating Modernity with Symbolic Resources||Guy Poitevin|
|Symbolic Facets of Medical Power||Bernard Bel|
|Avenues of Expression|
|The Minas: Seeking a Place in History||Nandini Sinha Kapur|
|Quests for Assertion|
|Vadar Narratives: Dramatic Reappropriation of a Myth||Datta Shinde|
|Mang Narratives: Semantic Reappropriation of a Myth||Sanjay Jogdanda|
|Bhakti: A Faith for Rehabilitation||Guy Poitevin and Hema Rairkar|
|Introduction: Faculties of Correlation Editors|
|Integrative Links of 'the Traditional'|
|The Communicating Goddess of the Artisans||Jan Brouwer|
|The Mother Earth of the Mawal Peasant||Baban Khandbhor and Prabhakar Ghare|
|Disruptive Challenges of 'the Modern'|
|Vadar Communities: Traditional Skills in Changing Times||Datta Shinde|
|Parit Communities: Occupation and Survival||Suresh Kokate|
|Introduction: Symbolic Forms and Signs||Guy Poitevin|
|Between Yesterday and Today|
|The Slum Dwellers of Chennai: Indigenous Health Practices||S A Samy|
|The Vaidu: Traditional Practices and Social Status||Chandrakant Kokate|
|Inheritance of Knowledge|
|Birth Attendants: Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea||Bernard Bel and Andréine Bel|
|Popular Culture and Childbirth: Perceptions and Practices in Rural Rajasthan||Tulsi Patel|
|Midwives: A Tradition on the Move in Maharashtra||Hema Rairkar|
|In Lieu of an Epilogue Editors|