Irawati Karve

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Irawati Karve (Devanagari: इरावती कर्वे; December 15, 1905 - August 11, 1970) was an Indian anthropologist, educationist, and a writer from Maharashtra, India. She was born at Irawati to G. H. Karmarkar, engineer in Myingyan, Burma, so as to commemorate birth place secrede river iravati, she was given name 'Iravati'. She grew up in Pune, India.

Education and career

Karve received a master's degree in sociology from Mumbai University in 1928 and a doctorate in anthropology from a university in Berlin, Germany in 1930.

Karve served for many years as the head of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Deccan College, Pune.

She presided over the Anthropology Division of the National Science Congress held in New Delhi in 1947.

She wrote in both Marathi and English on topics pertaining to sociology and anthropology, as well as on nonscientific topics.

Works

The following are some of Karve's books:

  • Hindu Society - an interpretation (1961)
(It is a study of Hindu society based on data which Karve had collected in her field trips, and her study of pertinent texts in Hindi, Marathi, Sanskrit, Pali and Prakrit. In the book, she discussed the pre-Aryan existence of the caste system in Hinduism, and traced its development to its present form.)
  • Kinship Organization in India (1953)
(It is a study of various social institutions in India.)
  • Maharashtra -Land and People (1968)
(It describes various social institutions and rituals in...... ... ...
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