Shyama Chandra Dube (1922-1996) is a well known anthropologist of India . His works were multidisciplinary in nature .
CONTRIBUTIONS TO TRIBAL STUDY
His first book , The Kamar is a full length monograph of the tribe Kamar of Madhya Pradesh
CONTRIBUTIONS TO VILLAGE STUDIES
His another book , Indian Village deals with total study considering historical , geographical , political perspectives as well as economic , religious , social practices of village Shamirpet of Telangana . They provide comprehensive insights into complex web of village life in India .
CONTRIBUTIONS TO POLITICAL ANTHROPOLOGY
For him fundamental principles of caste ranking is a concept of ritual purity & pollution . In the case of Shamirpet it is determined based on traditions of prescribed daily rituals food eaten occupations followed , & myths .
In his paper titled ‘ Dominant caste and village leadership ” he added to the concepts and methods of study of rural leadership in India. He says political power is concentrated in few hands rather diffused in the caste .
CONTRIBUTIONS TO YOUTH STUDIES
In his paper ‘ The Restive students :Strands and themes in Contemoary Youth culture ‘ he objects to the term indian students as an undifferentiated mass . He identifies different sub cultures of contemporary youth .
CONTRIBUTION TO FAMILY PLANNING RESEARCH
Dube studied the diffusion of IUCD (intra uterine devices) which were introduced as family panning devices . He suggested the need for improvement in research tools , scale to measure variables .
CONTRIBUTION TO COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME RESEARCH
In his book ” India’s changing villages ‘ based on fieldwork in villages in UP deals with changes brought in villages by invitation of community development schemes
Dube followed structural functional structural approach in village studies . Thus interlinking various elements of social structure at the individual level as well as higher level to bring about solidarity & consensus among villages.