Department of Sociology (AWARDED UGC-SAP DRS-I, 2016)

Tezpur University


Area of Interest

Social Movements

Social Exclusion

Agrarian Studies

Sociology of Northeast India


HS and BA from Cotton College, Guwahati

 MA from University of Poona, Pune 

PhD: NEHU, Shillong/Dibrugarh University (awarded from Dibrugarh), Dibrugarh 

Courses Taught


  • Deka, Rabin (with Partha Pratim Borah & Ankur Jyoti Bhuyan ), Ethnicity and fragmented identity: diverse forms of identity formation among the Misings of Assam, Asian Ethnicity, DOI: 10.1080/14631369.2020.1757403, 2020.
  • Deka Rabin (with Thepfusalie Theunuo ), Some Observations on Land Relations in Traditional Angami Society, The Eastern Anthropologist ,ISSN 0012-8686, 2020 (forthcoming).
  • Deka, Rabin (with P. Borah) ‘We are not Assamese': Reflections on Ethnic Identity Formation in Contemporary Assam, International Journal of Scientific and Technology Research (IJSTR), ISSN 2277-86162019, 8 (11): 2381-2385, 2019.
  • Deka, Rabin (With A. K. Das, and P. Dutta), Violation and Vulnerability of Human Rights in the Context of Tea Garden Workers in Assam, NIU International Journal of Human Rights, Volume VI. ISSN 2394-02982019, 2019.
  • Deka, Rabin, Political Economy of Population Control and Women’s Reproductive Health. In Saikia, J. P., editor, Gender and Health: A Sociological Insight, pages 167-175, ISBN 978-93-86682-83-3. 2, New Delhi, Concept Publishing Company, 2019.
  • Deka, Rabin (with P. Borah), Governance, Development and Tribal Identity ConstructionWe are not Assamese: Reflections on Ethnic Identity Formation in Contemporary Assam, International Journal of Scientific and Technology Research (IJSTR), ISSN 2277-86162019, 8 (12): 2577-2584, 2019.
  • Deka, Rabin (with S. Ahmed), Madrasa and Girls’ Education: Reflections from a Muslim Village of Assam, Journal of Northeast Indian Culture, 4(1):29-42, ISSN 2322-0988, 2018.
  • Deka, Rabin (with S. Dowerah), Some Observations on Philosophy of Sankaradeva, Creatcrit. 5(1): 1-7, ISSN 2347-8829, 2018.
  • Deka, Rabin. Bhakti Movement of Sankaradeva and Modernity in Assam. In Deka, K. K., editor, Sankaradeva- Glimpses on His Contributions, pages 178-192, ISBN 978-93-82149-27-9. Guwahati, MSSV Publication, 2018.
  • Deka, Rabin (With P. Borah), Northeast India: Historical Evolutions and Diverse Conceptualisations of a Region. In Saikia, J. P. And Borah, P.P., editors, Sociology of Northeast India: Empirical Reality and Disciplinary Practice, pages 34-55, ISBN: 978-93-85839-24-5. Guwahati, DVS Publisher, 2018.
  • Deka, Rabin (with P. Borah), Some Aspects of Social Construction of Identity in Plural Societies, The North Eastern Research Bulletin, 25:22-33, ISSN 0975-8305, 2017.
  • Deka, Rabin. Religion, Patriarchy and Women’s Rights, In Borah, R, editor, Violation of Women And Child Rights in India, page numbers 36-50, ISBN 978-93-85839-13-9. New Delhi, DVS Publishers, 2017.
  • Deka Rabin. Bhakti Movement of Sankaradeva: Road to Enlightened Assam. In Neog, Milan, editor, Srijansheel Praibhar Garakee Srimanta Sankardeva (Srimanta Sankardeva as an Innovator, pages 181-18, ISBN 978-81-7665-617-7. Guwahati, Students’ Stores, 2016.
  • Deka, Rabin. Reflections on Peasant Consciousness of Colonial Assam, The Heritage. VI (2):48-58, ISSN 2229-5399, 2015.
  • Deka Rabin. Ideals of romanticism and its reflection in the works of Lakshminath Bezbaroa. In Sarma, M .M. Sarma and Nath, D.P., editors, Lakshminath Bezbaroa--The Architect of Modern Assamese literature—Issues of Nationalism and Beyond, pages 164-187, ISBN 978-81-922831-9-7. Guwahati, Tezpur University Publication, 2014.
  • Deka, Rabin. Agrarian Classes in Assam: A Historical Overview, The North Eastern Research Bulletin, XXIII: 25-48, ISSN 0975-8305, 2013.
  • Deka, Rabin. Colonialism and Peasant Economy of Assam. Eco-Centric,VIII (I):21-30, ISSN 2250-0405, 2012.
  • Deka, Rabin. Culture and Development. In Baruah, Jayanta, editor, Dimensions of Rural Development in North-East India: A Critical Study, pages 9-14, ISBN 978-93-81694-14-5. Nagaon, Krantikaal Prakashan, 2012.
  • Deka, Rabin. ‘Raij versus the Raij: The Phulaguri Mobilisation of 1861. In Chauhan, Brij Raj and A. Satyanarayana, editors, Changing Village India, pages 338-348, ISBN: 978-81-316-0531-8. Jaipur, Rawat Publishers, 2012.
  • Deka, Rabin. Peasant Mobilisation of Patharughat, 1894. Man and Life, 36(1-2): 21-36, ISSN 0972-4109, 2010.

Seminar/Conference/Workshop attended

Acted as a Resource Person

Ongoing Projects

We , myself and Partha Pratim Borah of Department of Sociology, Dibrugarh University, are engaged with a project entitled “Contemporary Peoples’ Movements in Assam” as part of The Emancipatory Rural Politics Initiative (ERPI) initiated by the International Institute of Social Studies, Hague, Netherlands.I am working with the project “Rewriting the People’s History of Assam” in collaboration with “Jatiya Bhavan” of Jorhat.

Completed Projects

I worked as Principal Investigator of a major project entitled “Attempting at Social Inclusion through Constitutional Amendments: Efficacy of 734d and 74thAmendments in the Context of India’s Northeast” in collaboration with Omeo Kumar Das Institute of Social Change and Development, Guwahati. The project is funded by Indian Council for Social Science Research. This study makes an attempt at looking at the Constitutional provisions, including various amendments, aiming at social inclusion in India. In doing so it has made a special reference to the 73rd and 74th Amendments that accorded a statutory status to the so-called third tier of governments at the grassroots. Particular reference has been drawn from two north eastern states viz. Assam and Tripura in putting the main arguments in perspective. The report has been submitted to ICSSR in 2019. It is believed that the findings of the study will benefit the government and non-government agenises in formulating their policies on local governance.

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