Interaction between Development and Festival Durga, Kali, Bonbibi-Dakhinray in the Sundarbans

Bhattacharyya, Shatarupa (2019) Interaction between Development and Festival Durga, Kali, Bonbibi-Dakhinray in the Sundarbans. Doctoral thesis, NIAS.

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Abstract: The concept of development has been expanded from its exclusively economic origins to include the social and even the cultural, notably in the work of Amartya Sen. Within the realm of culture, however, festive practices have yet to find a prominent place, at least, in the discourse on development. That is what this thesis has tried to do – approach festivals through the lens of development to see whether development, as conceptualised by Sen in Development as Freedom (1999), has an impact on festive practices and vice versa, and if so, what that impact is. To that end, the study has been situated in a less developed region, namely the Sundarbans in West Bengal, where two villages have been chosen for comparison, one located in the relatively developed parts of the Sundarbans and the other located in the less developed parts of the same. The focus of the study in both villages have been the private and public festivals observed there, especially private festivals like Kali Puja in both villages and public festivals like the Bonbibi-Dakhin Rai Puja in the relatively developed village and the Durga Puja in the less developed village. The thesis tries to argue that festivals primarily generate economic facilities and social opportunities – two of the five types of freedom put forward by Sen – for the residents of the village. However, the nature of the economic facilities and social opportunities generated by the festivals is contingent upon the relative development of the village, which in turn is affected by the nature of the festival observed in the village.
Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Additional Information: This thesis was submitted to the University of Mysore [Year of Award: 2019]
Subjects: School of Social Sciences > Sociology
Doctoral Programme > Theses
Date Deposited: 06 Jul 2021 09:29
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2021 09:29
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