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.
Chapter 22: The Sociology of Disability: Conceptual Ethnography of an Analytical Category in India
The Sociology of Disability: Conceptual Ethnography of an Analytical Category in India
Is there a sociology of disability1 in India? Until a decade ago, the answer would have been an unequivocal no; today, it is a qualified yes. I feel privileged to have both witnessed, participated in and contributed to this ongoing process. Although still a niche area of scholarship within the larger sociological–anthropological domain in the country, the research output is steadily increasing, particularly from the emerging domain of disability studies that straddles academic and activist concerns of knowledge production and social transformation. In this chapter, I will try to capture the contemporary status of the disability ...