ISBN 9789350183748,Well Being in India: Studies in Anthropometric History

Well Being in India: Studies in Anthropometric History



Readworthy Publications (P) Ltd.

Publication Year 2013

ISBN 9789350183748

ISBN-10 9350183749


Number of Pages 286 Pages
Language (English)

History & Politics

By using data on the height and weight of Indians, measured in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries for commercial or scientific reasons, the studies in this book trace trends in rural well-being in North and South India over time, and consider the comparative well-being of different groups of men and women. It also addresses questions of infant and child health, and examines the influence of reservation for social groups on the physical markers of well-being.
About the Author

Lance Brennan completed a D.Phil from the University of Sussex having graduated from the University of Western Australia with degrees in Education and History. He taught Indian history at Flinders University from 1976 to 1999, and has published on the agrarian and political history of Uttar Pradesh, famine relief, and the health of Indian indentured labourers. John McDonald studied at The London School of Economics, Essex and Southampton Universities, UK. He is a professor in the Flinders Business School, Flinders University and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia. He has published books and over a hundred research papers on theoretical and applied statistics. Ralph Shlomowitz has degrees from the University of Cape Town, the University of the Witwatersrand, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the University of Chicago where Robert W. Fogel supervised his PhD dissertation. His research focussed on the economic history of coercive labour systems in the southern states of the USA, in Australia, and the Pacific, and the link between migration and mortality among many free and coerced migrant populations. He taught at Flinders University from 1975 to 2007. In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.

Table of Contents:
Preface--Introduction--Toward an Anthropometric History of Indians under British Rule--Long term Change in Indian Health --Changes in the Stature of North Indians from British Rule to Early Independence--The 'Inverted U' Hypothesis: Evidence from Indian Height Data--Caste, Inequality and the Nation-State: The Impact of Reservation Policies in India, c.1950-2000 --Long Term-change and Sex-Differences in the Heights of Afro -Caribbeans and Indo-Caribbeans --A Long-run Decline in Final Adult Female Height in India?--Teenage Births and Final Adult Height of Mothers in India, 1988-1999--A Statistical Study of Malnutrition: The Puzzle of Wasting --Infant Feeding Practices and Chronic Child Malnutrition in the Indian States of Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh --Conclusion--Permission to re-publish--Bibliography--Index