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This book looks at the sociology of India from two perspectives: first, understanding the cultural traditions of India with special reference to religious and ethical values; and second, exploring the growth of the sociological traditions of India.

Divided in two parts, the book goes beyond mere description of the main religious traditions and looks at the ethical values that are embedded in the religio-secular traditions of India. It also projects the sociological traditions of India as a historical process, a process of growth of sociological knowledge. The basic premise of the discussion is not one dominant cultural tradition but the plurality that characterizes the cultural, religious, and value traditions of India, and pluralism that characterizes the sociology of India.

Contributions to Indian Sociology: Towards Methodological Pluralism
Contributions to Indian sociology: Towards methodological pluralism

All knowledge of cultural reality … is always knowledge from particular points of view.

—MAX WEBER, ‘“Objectivity” in Social Science’

In Chapter Nine, I presented an intellectual profile of Louis Dumont. Among his other ventures, I discussed the journal Contributions to Indian Sociology. In this chapter, I will consider the character and significance of this journal in some detail.1 Unavoidably, there is some repetition here of both information and argument from the previous chapter: the original versions of both were written as self-contained essays. I have allowed the repetitiveness to remain in the interest of letting each chapter stand on its own.

1This chapter is a revised and extended version of the keynote address ...

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