Contributions of Indo-American Research to Indian Geography: A Content Analysis

Authors: Sudhir Thakur*, California State University Sacramento
Topics: Geographic Thought, Applied Geography, Third World
Keywords: Indian Geography, Indo-American, Content Analysis
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/4/2019
Start / End Time: 8:00 AM / 9:40 AM
Room: 8229, Park Tower Suites, Marriott, Lobby Level
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The Indian economy has undergone structural change and development during the past sixty years. The population increased from 449.5 million in 1960 to a billion people in 2010 often referred to as ‘demographic dividend’. The economy transformed from a labor surplus agriculture dependent sector, to a manufacturing sector, and a service sector anchored in information technology. Karan (1966), Schwartzberg (1983) have investigated South Asia as a region and Dickason (1992) analyzed the origins of research on India by geographers from US in the post-independence India. He posits nearly all parts of Indian region have been investigated but a few areas such as agriculture, cultural geography, and urban geography have dominated. Given this overview this research addresses the question: what trends in contributions can be discerned on such themes like social spatial equity, economy, polity, environment and climate change at regional scales? This research is divided into three periods: 1960-1980, 1981-2000 and 2001-2018. Several scholars of Indian origin contributed to Indian Geography during the first and second phases and they are referred to as the pied-pipers (PP Karan, Ashok Dutt, DN Mukherjee, BL Sukhwal), followed by the second generation of geographers called the trumpeters who made substantive contributions utilizing novel methodological tools such as: quantitative, GIS, qualitative and political economy approaches ( K Pandit, Sharmistha Bagchi-Sen, Sanjoy Chakraborty, Raju Das, Rinku Basu, Ranu Basu and Rupal Oza). The third phase is dominated by a larger number of young geographers called ‘mavericks’ determined to provide a deeper understanding to spatial truth.

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