The study on
socio-cultural change among the tribes of India is always fascinating.
Numerous studies have been conducted on interaction and social change,
highlighting the result of contact between the literate and pre-literate,
between the primitive and civilized and between tribes and
In Assam, the interaction between the non-
tribal Assamese population and the Mishings have been taking place for the
last several centuries. The Mishings were originally hill dwellers in
Arunachal Pradesh. After there shift to the plains of Assam, they became
the part of the regional Assamese culture. It has happened due to
acculturation and the impact of growing communication. In this study, an
attempt has been made to analyzed interrelationship between acculturation,
communication and development with special reference to the Mishings.
In my research work, I received help from
different sources. I am thankful to the University of Dibrugarh for
providing me a research fellowship(1976-79) which greatly helped me in
conducting my research work. I express my sincere gratefulness and
indebtedness to my teacher and supervisor Dr. S.M. Dubey, M.A. Phd. ,
Professor and head of the department of sociology, Dibrugarh University,
for his guidance and stimulating suggestions throughout the entire course
of the study without which the work would have not been completed.
I am also greatful to Dr. D. Doley, Dr. C.K.
Gogoi, other teachers and research scholars of the department of sociology
who offered help, suggestions and encouragement from time to time. I
joined Govt. service in 1979 and while I was busy in official duty, Shri
O.P. Agarwal ,IAS, Shri S. Thakur, ACS and numerous other friends
helped and encouraged me to complete this study. I am thankful to them.
I extend my thanks also to Sri T.
Dihingia and Sri T. Bhuyan who helped me from time to time in typing
out the chapters. I must express my thanks to Sri K. Gogoi for typing out
the final draft of the chapters of this dissertation.
I shall be failing in my duty if I do not
thank the villagers and respondents of this study who helped me from
all sides. I shall continue to remember their love and affection.