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Indra Munshi

I am currently teaching two courses in the Department of Sociology, namely Sociology of Tourism and Environment and Society. My research interests include Development, Tribal Studies, Environment and Tourism. I am currently working on a research project funded by the University Grants Commission titled 'Tourism Processes and Gender Relations: Case Study of Goa and Kerela'.

Teaching :

Taught undergraduate courses in Sociology in Sophia College, Bombay, 1980-81 and University of Bombay in 1981 and have been teaching postgraduate course since 1981. They include Sociology of Karl Marx, Methodology of Social Research, Rural Sociology of India, Sociology of Development, Environment and Society, and Sociology of Tourism.

Courses Taught in Foreign Universities :
Taught a course for three months on the Agrarian Situation in India in the Department of Sociology, University of Erlangen-Nurnberg, 1988. Taught a course for one month on Development in India in the Department of Sociology, University of Erlangen-Nurnberg, 2001.

Scholarship :

Was awarded a fellowship under the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) to research in Institute fur Weltforstwirtschaft, Hamburg, on the role of Sir Dietrich Brandis in India, May-July, 1994.

Was awarded the ICSSR Senior Fellowship for two years, 1999-2001 to work on the research project Forest Communities in Western India.

Was awarded a fellowship under the German Academic Exchange Service to research in the University of Eichstatt, Germany, on the images of India among the German tourist in India, June-August, 2003.

Scholarship :

Books :

Co-edited jointly with Manorama Savur, Contradictions in Indian Society, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 1995.

Adivasis Life Stories: Context, Constraints, Choices, Rawat Publications, Jaipur, 2007.

Articles in Books:

Colonial Forest Regulations and Collective Resistance: Nineteenth Century Thana District, in R. Grove and S. Sangwan (ed.) ‘Essays in the Environmental History of South and South-East Asia’, Oxford University Press, Delhi, 1997.

Verrier Elwin and Tribal Development, in T.B. Subba and Sujit Som (ed.) ‘Between Ethnography and Fiction Verrier Elwin and the Tribal Question in India’, Orient Longmann, New Delhi, 2005.



The Political Ecology of Traditional Forming Practices in Thane District, Maharashtra ( India ), Journal of Peasant Studies, Vol.17. No. 3 April 1990.

Colonialism and Professionalism: A German Forester in India, Environment and History, 2, 1996.

Sir Dietrich Brandis: ein deutscher Generalforstins pektor, in Indien in Micheal Flitner (ed.) Der deutsche Tropenwald, Campus Verlag, Frankfurt, 2000.


Tribal Women in the Warli Revolt: 1945-48, 'Class' and 'Gender' in the Left Perspective, in Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXI, No. 17, April 26, 1986.

Attached Labour in Thane: A Historical Overview, in Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXIV, No. 20, May 20, 1989.

Oral Sources and Reconstruction of the Warli Struggle, Contribution to Women's Studies Series 4, Research Unit on Women Studies, SNDT University, Bombay, 1990.

Class Formation and Ethnic Identity among the Warlis of Maharashtra in Bam Dev Sharda (ed.), Tribes, Castes and Harijans, Ajanta, Delhi, 1991.

Experience and Reality: Hunger among the Tribals in Thane District Maharashtra, in German Studies in India, Vol. 16, No. 1, March, 1992.

Customary Rights and Colonial Regulations: Thana Forests in the Nineteenth Century in Mrinal Miri (ed.) Continuity and Change in Tribal Society, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 1993.

Tribals and Environment: Some Important Issues, The Indian Journal of Social Sciences, Vol.7, No. 1, January-March 1994, pp. 47- 58.

Tribal Communities in their Natural Environment: The Changing Context in Western India, Social Action, Vol. 45, April- June 1995.

Drinking and 'Drunkenness' History of Liquor in Colonial India, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XXX, No. 37, September 1995.

The Warlis: From Shifting Cultivators to Peasants and Labourers, in Dev Nathan (ed.). From Tribe to Caste, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, 1997.

Patrick Geddes: Sociologist Environmentalist and Town Planner, Economic and Political Weekly, Volume XXXV No. 6, February, 5-11, 2000.

Environment in Sociological Theory, Sociological Bulletin, 49 (2), September 2000.

Women and Forest: A Study of The Warlis of Western India, Gender, Technology and Development 5 (2), 2001.

Tourism Processes and Gender Relations: Issues for Exploration and Intervention, Economic and Political Weekly, Vol. XLI, No. 42, October, 21 2006.

Professional Activities:

  • Member of the Senate of the University of Mumbai, Mumbai.

  • Member of the Governing Board of Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

  • Member of the Governing Board of UP Centre for Action Research in Environment and Development, UPCARED, Lucknow, UP.

Research Projects:

  • Tribal Women in the Warli Revolt: 1945-48 Class and Gender in the Left Perspective, Research Unit on Women's Study, SNDT University, 1985.

  • The Social Structuring of Temporality in Cross-Cultural Perspective, jointly with Joachim Matthes and others, Institute for Sociology, University of Erlagen-Nurnberg, Germany, 1987-88.

  • Forest and Forest Communities in Western India, in Historical and Contemporary Contexts, ICSSR Senior Research Fellowship. 2002.

Ongoing Project:

  • Tourism and Gender Relations: Case Study of Goa, University Grants Commission, New Delhi, India.

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