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.

Masculinities and Culture

Masculinities and culture
Joseph S. Alter

Introduction

If masculinity has lost its centre of gravity—and the gravity of being normatively centred—that is a good thing, not only politically and morally, with respect to the realisation of greater equity and justice, but also analytically.

With the essentialism of gender categories fully in question, we are now able to better appreciate, and more clearly understand, the broader implications of masculinity relative to class, caste, ethnicity and region, as well as in relation to a spectrum of embodied experiences (Baas 2016; Staples 2005, 2011) and sexualities (Boyce 2007; Reddy 2005). What this does, apart from liberating a critique of normative categories from the hegemony of normative conceptualisation itself, is to refine our understanding of ...

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