About the Book :
Mass migration of people to cities leads to the formation of group settlements in certain ecological niches. Ties of kinship, common culture, neighbourliness, village and district allegiance act as the basis of the group settlement of immigrants in the city. The pattern of group settlement may vary according to the nature of migration, and this, in turn, may have a bearing on the nature of ethnic associations.The study seeks to understand the role of ethnic associations in the process of Indian urbanization. In so doing efforts have also been made to evaluate the changes brought about in the structure and function of ethnic associations. Ethnic associations have been studied from a historical perspective taking into account the process of Indian urbanization during pre-colonial, colonial and post-colonial periods. A model to analyse ethnic associations in the Indian urban context has been provided and a detailed examination in the Indian urban context has been provided and a detailed examination of the changing role of ethnic associations made from a historical perspective. Finally, it examines the dynamic role played by ethnic associations in the backward class movement.