The key to the upliftment of the Adivasi community is a deep understanding of their culture, psychological resources and cognitive strengths. Ecology, Culture and Human Development: Lessons for Adivasi Education presents a comparative analysis of the cultural and cognitive dimensions of various communities in Canada, Ghana, China and India, and seeks answers from this analysis for Adivasi education. It debunks the myths of low intelligence and inferior cognitive capacity of the Adivasi community, and emphasizes the remarkable performance of Adivasi children when assessed in terms of their ecological and cultural contexts. Extensively illustrated and containing substantive data on all relevant aspects of human development, this book is a much-desired addition to the literature on this crucial aspect of social development in India. It is a comprehensive resource that aims to contribute substantially towards mitigating the travails of the Adivasi community and ensuring their social empowerment.
This is the first book ever published that (1) reviews the very large recent literature (948 item bibliography; over 2,000 relevant sources consulted) on locally based, all-volunteer or mainly volunteer-led, significantly autonomous, formal nonprofit groups that use the associational form of organization---termed "grassroots associations," and (2) develops a comprehensive, empirically-based theory of local nonprofit organizations/ groups encompassing in separate conceptual sub-sections, both (a) such usually small, low budget, local scope, volunteer-based (grassroots) associations and (b) their contrasting, locally-based but sometimes larger in operational scope, mainly paid-staff based or all paid-staff led, usually higher budget, formal nonprofit organizations---such as nonprofit K-12 schools/colleges/universities, hospitals/hospices, etc. The volunteer sub-sector includes mainly volunteer/voluntary associations and groups and their associational (including officer and board) volunteers with any territorial level of operational scope, from single buildings (e.g., condominium or tenants' associations) to worldwide scope (e.g., Habitat for Humanity International). The paid-staff sub-sector includes mainly nonprofit organizations where paid-staff do the majority of hours of work for the organization per year. However, even in the paid-staff sub-sector, organizations nonetheless usually include volunteer board members and, in larger organizations, often program service volunteers in a volunteer "department," often called a "volunteer program".
Higher Education in Federal Countries: A Comparative Study is a unique study of higher education in nine federal countries—the United States, Canada, Australia, Germany, Mexico, Brazil, Russia, China and India. In this book, leading international scholars discuss the role of federalism and how it shapes higher education in major nation-state actors on the world stage. The editors develop an overarching comparative analysis of the dynamics of central and regional power in higher education, and the national case studies explain how each federal and federal-like higher education system has evolved and how it functions in what are highly varied contexts.
The book makes a major contribution to higher education studies and defines a new field of comparative analysis. It also provides important insights into comparative governance and the study of federalism and federal arrangements, with their particular historical, political, legal and economic dimensions.