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Indian Family System

The Concept, Practices and Current Relevance by: Bal Ram Singh

The book examines the joint family system in India — its roots in Vedic times, its evolution and relevance and practicality in the present times, the changing social norms, value systems and human behaviour over time, the position and status of the aged with the decline of the system, etc.

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ISBN: 9788124605936
Year Of Publication: 2011
Edition: 1st
Pages : x, 251p.
Bibliographic Details : 18 coloured photographs; Index; 23 cm
Language : English
Binding : Hardcover
Publisher: D.K. Printworld Pvt. Ltd.
Size: 23
Weight: 550

Overview

The joint family system has ancient roots in India, being traceable to the Vedic times when four generations lived together. The tradition helped in maintaining strong bonds of kinship and keeping alive customs and traditions of the past. This book seeks to examine the joint family system in India: its evolution and relevance and practicality in the present times. It deals with the changing social norms, value systems and human behaviour over time and views the role of religion in promoting human values and fellowship which are an essential ingredient of joint family norms. With case studies, it explores aspects of the Indian family like its cultural and ritualistic traditions, the importance and role of the woman as the backbone of the Vedic society, the position and status of the aged with the decline of the joint family system, and the importance of the joint family as a vehicle for accumulating wealth — both material and in terms of serving and benefiting all. The volume will prove a useful contribution for scholars and students in the field of Indian social and cultural studies.

Contents

Preface
Introduction — Bal Ram Singh
1. Vedic Philosophy of Marriage
— Divya Tripathi
2. Universal Values to Guide a Family
— Madhusudan Jhaveri
3. Joint Family System
— C.M. Bhandari
4. Changing Contours of the Indian Family System: Its Impact on the Society
— V.T. Patil
5. Garhasthaya (Household), the Supreme Moral Ideal: A Path to Shreyas (Ought)
— D.R. Satapathy
— Gautam Satapathy
6. Indian Family System: A Sociological Encounter
— V.D. Misra
7. Family and Women in Vedic Tradition
— Divya Tripathi
8. Cultural and Ritualistic Traditions of Indian Family
— Rabi N. Mishra
9. The Wealth of Joint Families
— Mona Khaitan
10. Ageing and the Family System in India
— Jyotsna M. Kalavar and D. Jamuna
11. Scientific Values within Indian Family Practices
— Bal Ram Singh
The Contributors
Index

Meet the Author
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Dr Bal Ram Singh is the Director of Center for Indic Studies at UMass – Dartmouth. As a Professor of Biophysical Chemistry and Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, and the Director of Botulinum Research Center, he has been conducting research since 1990, on botulinum and tetanus neurotoxins, and lately also on yoga, mind, and consciousness. He has published three books and over 200 articles. He is the editor of the Journal Light on Ayurveda and International Journal of Indian Culture.
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