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.

Conjugality and Marital Dissolution in Historical Perspective

Conjugality and Marital Dissolution in Historical Perspective

Conjugality and marital dissolution in historical perspective
Shalini Grover


The rapid social change in the Indian society that has accompanied transmutations in the economic sphere has led to a spate of enquiries about the manner in which marriage and intimacies are being transformed (Chowdhury 2014; Grover 2011a, 2017; Kaur and Palriwala 2014; Osella 2012; Srivastava 2007). An increasing number of scholars are embracing these topics as core research areas. Previously, anthropology and sociology employed a functionalist approach, neglecting the fluidity, dynamism and diversity of arrangements inherent in everyday marital relations (Grover 2009: 2). Prominent monographs of the 1970s (see, e.g., Parry 1979) would magisterially impart the norms, structures and rules of kinship systems. In contrast ...

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