Critical Themes in Indian Sociology brings together the writings of a number of scholars—both well established and younger, in India and in different parts of the world—on various themes that express the richness and diversity that defines sociological scholarship on India. The book reflects changes in scholarship over time and charts out new subjects and methods for the study of social life in India. Commemorating the 50 plus years since Contributions to Indian Sociology was first published, this book is a tribute to a journal that has sustained an internationally acclaimed and rigorous sociological engagement with India. Comprising a wide range of themes such as village, city, class, caste, politics, gender, sexuality, media, food and education, this book presents a concise, yet in-depth sense of a sociological view of India today.

Gendering Sociology, a Sociology of Gender or Studying Women? Some Reflections

Gendering sociology, a sociology of gender or studying women? some reflections
Rajni Palriwala

Introduction

First, there was woman, then there was gender. And both came to be everywhere and nowhere. This epitaph could sum up conceptual and disciplinary trends in sociology and anthropology in India over the last four decades and the present state. This is a transformation from when informants were usually men and written of as if they made up the social world. In then prevalent structuralist frameworks, if and where sexual identity or difference was seen as a structural principle, the assumption was that we already know what sex and gender are and that the male voice spoke for ...

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