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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.

Louis Dumont: The Man and His Work
Louis Dumont: The man and his work

The principle is simply that all human institutions are meaningful. … To discover their meaning is only a matter of toil and unblinkered attention.

—LOUIS DUMONT, in T.N. Madan (ed.), Way of Life

The death of Louis Dumont in November 1988 removed from the world of twentieth-century anthropology one of its towering figures, one who dared to enlarge the scope of the subject beyond the confines of localized fieldwork among ‘other peoples’—preliterate tribes and peasants—to include the comparison of civilizations in which ‘we ourselves’ are involved. His own focus was on India and the West. His exemplary studies were based on methodologies that he devised for the study of particular societies and for intercivilizational ...

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