International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 329


Impact of culture on economic development and resistance of marginalized people

Selvin Raj Gnana
  • Selvin Raj Gnana
  • Department of Anthropology, School of Social Sciences, University of Madras, India.
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  •  Received: 31 October 2020
  •  Accepted: 16 April 2021
  •  Published: 31 January 2022


Understanding the factors responsible for low socio-economic condition and political status of a marginalized community is imperative to comprehend their culture of resistance. The major focus of this study was to become aware of the resistance of marginalized communities in their cultural milieu. A review of literature is made to establish the fact that cultural resistance plays an important role in a community towards development and progress. The author studies how culture impacts among marginalized people in various communities affects the growth of economic development both positively as well as negatively. The findings are applied to the marginalized communities (Dalits and Tribals) in India which is not part of this paper. Yet, the paper also reveals the cultural resistance of the Savara tribe in Andhra Pradesh, India.


Key words: Culture, resistance, development, culture of poverty, culture of silence