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Publisher:S. Chand & Company Ltd.
Published In:1996
Binding Type:Hardback
Weight:1.81 lbs
Pages:pp. xiv + 432, Plates, Tables (2 Folded), Maps, Index, Glossary, Appendices, Biblio., Acknowledgemen

The Title "Village Goa A Study of Goan Social Structure and Change 2nd Edition" is written by Olivinho J.F. Gomes. This book was published in the year 1996. The ISBN number 8121902150|9788121902151 is assigned to the Hardback version of this title. The book displayed here is a 2nd Edition edition. This book has total of pp. xiv + 432 (Pages). The publisher of this title is S. Chand & Company Ltd.. We have about 1794 other great books from this publisher. Village Goa A Study of Goan Social Structure and Change 2nd Edition is currently Not Available with us.You can enquire about this book and we will let you know the availability.

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About the Book

This Book was author's thesis for Ph.D. in Sociology, and is a vivid portrayal of the social dynamics of life in rural Goa, as seen in a thoroughly-researched and original sociological analysis of Chandor, a typical Goan Village, which in its three constituent hamlets shows a cross-section of all the major socio-religious communities in the territory.

While the study, the first of its kind, delves deep into the social structure of this composite village, it also looks at the position in the rest of Goa, in comparison and contrast, and records the social changes that have been coming about in it during the last twenty-five years, since the liberation of Goa from four centuries of Portuguese rule.

Though this study is essentially sociological, one gets glimpses of this distinctive society in historical perspective, down the ages with a look at its age-old village commune system. The physical environment, demographic characteristics, caste structure, economic affairs, cultural activities, religious practices, feasts and festivals, influence of the church and folklore of the Goan people, with The Changes operating in various spheres of their living, have been depicted. Copious appendices of original documents in translation, photographs, glossary of local terms, will help to illuminate this rare book in its genre. An impressive piece of scholarship, bound to grip the reader's attention, as it reveals a new aspect of life in an enlightened corner of rural India, hitherto unexplored.

About the Author

Olivinho Gomes - Born in Santo Estevam (GOA), 1943, educated in Portugese Lyceum; B.A. English & Psychology-Sociology; M.A. & Ph.D. in Sociology.

Apart from being a member of the higher civil services since 1970, having served in various parts of India, now Additional Collector, Central Excise & Customs, Aurangabad (Maharashtra), and a stint as official translator for Portuguese, French & Konkani, he has been doing creative writing in prose and poetry, mainly in Konkani (dev.) including A Few translations from Indian and foreign classics. 12 of his books have been published so far, most of them original ones, having won literary, awards, culminating in the Goa State Cultural Award in Literature, 1986. Served as member, literary advisory board, Goa Kala Akademi.

Contributed to the Encyclopedia of Indian Literature. His writings figure in anthologies of short story and poetry and are prescribed in textbooks.

He has been doing free-lance writing in Konkani, Portuguese and English for the regional and national press and broadcasting over Radio and T.V. Noted for his wide range of interests depth of scholarship and knowledge of several Indian and foreign languages, he has been selected to head the Konkani Chair in the new Goa University. The present research work brings to bear his characteristic thoroughness and breadth of vision.


1. Location of Village
2. Configuration of Village
3. Striking Nature-Demographic Features
4. Occupational Clusters
5. Chandor Village Boundaries
6. Climatic Environment
7. Churches, Chapels, Crosses and Temples
8. Property Names and Interpretation
9. Housing etc. In the Village
10. Demographic Characteristics

1. Glimpses of Ancient Goa and Chandor
2. Chandor Village in Ancient and Medieval Times
3. The Kingdom of Sandabur
4. Legends and Beliefs about the Last Battle
5. Chandor in Later Times
6. Chandor in the Portuguese Period
7. Chandor in the Present Century
8. Chandor in Post-Liberation Period
9. Historical Continuity in Tradition

1. Considerations of Caste
2. Attributes of Caste
3. Caste Structure at Conversion Time in Goa
4. Caste Picture in Chandor
5. Caste Rankings and Relationships
6. Changing Frontiers of Caste in Chandor
7. Interaction among Castes and Communities
8. Social Distance in Chandor
9. Village Factionalism
Appendices 1-3

1. Marriage and its Aims
2. Form of Marriage in Chandor
3. Rules of Endogamy, Exogamy etc.
4. Ways of Procuring a Mate
5. Preliminaries to the Marriage
6. The Dowry Settlement
7. Age at Marriage
8. Engagement-Betrothal
9. Pre-marriage Religious Instruction
10. Civil Registration or Declaration
11. The Banns
12. The Bangle-wearing Ceremony
13. The Saddo Ceremony
14. The Hair-cutting Ritual
15. The Bath with coconut-pulp juice
16. The Beggars' Lunch
17. Wedding-Day Ritual
18. Post-wedding Formalities
19. The Changing Scene of Wedding Ceremonial
20. Dissolution of Wedlock
21. Family Organisation
22. Family Relationships
23. Family Life
Appendices 1-7

1. Unified Concept of Village
2. Location of Church Building
3. Brief History of Church and Antecedents
4. Affiliated Chapels
5. Masonry-Built-up Crosses
6. Beginning of Christianity before Portuguese
7. Portuguese Action in Christianisation
8. Role of Church in Early Days
9. Adaptive Role of the Church
10. The 'Confrarias' (Confraternities)
11. Confraternities in Chandor
12. Strife in the Confraternities in Chandor
13. Educational Role of the Church
14. Community Role of the Church

1. Religion and its Aims
2. Place of Religion in People's Life :

3. Theory and Significance of 'Samskaras'
4. Sacraments among Hindus in Chandor
5. Sacraments among Christians in Chandor
6. Sacraments among Muslims in Chandor :

7. Feasts and Festivals among Hindus in Chandor
8. Feasts and Festivals among Christians in Chandor
9. Feasts and Festivals among Muslims in Chandor

10. Superstitious Practices and Popular Beliefs
11. Religious Life of People in General

1. Early Economic Structure
2. Village Commune Administration
3. Chandor in the List of Communes
4. Chandor Village Communes
5. Present Position of Communes
6. Occupation of the People
7. Rice Cultivation in Chandor
8. Cashew Cultivation
9. Coconut-Tree Cultivation
10. Toddy-Tapping from Coconut Palms
11. Distillation of Coconut 'Fenni' Liquor
12. Former Communes Service Personnel
13. Miscellaneous Occupations
14. Food Consumption
15. Co-operative Endeavour
16. Land Relationships in the Village
17. Role of Panchayats

1. Connotation of Culture
2. Socio-cultural Matrix in Chandor
3. Vehicle of Cultural Expression
4. Konkani Variant in Chandor
5. Chandor Club and Other Clubs
6. Role of Chandor Club
7. Other Cultural Organisations

8. Forms of Cultural Expression :
a. Among Christians in Chandor Village
b. Among Hindus in Chandor Village
c. Among Muslims in Chandor Village

9. Social Significance of Cultural Activity

1. Process of Urbanisation
2. Type of Urban Impact
3. Urban Impact on Chandor Village
4. Salcete Municipality's Jurisdiction
5. Emigration as a Factor of Urbanisation
6. Railway line and Buses in Chandor
7. Impact on Women
8. Electricity in the Village
9. Modern Entertainment
10. Modern Amenities
11. Spread of Education
12. Impact on Dwellings
13. Impact on Power Structure in the Village
14. Impact on Family Relationships

1. Nature of Change
2. Changes in Educational Sphere
3. Political Changes
4. Economic Changes
5. Agrarian Relations
6. Social Changes
7. Changes in Religious Outlook
8. Secularistic Tendencies
9. Inter-relations in the Village
10. Changes in Conditions of Living
11. Glossary of Local Terms/words