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.

Alternating Sexualities: Sociology and Queer Critiques in India

Alternating Sexualities: Sociology and Queer Critiques in India

Alternating sexualities: Sociology and queer critiques in india
Paul Boyce Rohit K. Dasgupta

Introduction: Alternations

Questions of alternation might be read as intrinsic to sociological approaches to sexual difference and diversity. By this, we mean ways in which the sexual as a social scientific subject/object has often been conceived of against the background of fluctuating conceptual and contextual registers. Terms for the empirical description, recognition and analysis of sexual life-worlds have most often been contested and queried. This might be especially so with regard to ‘sexually dissident’ subjects—those for whom terms of depiction in research and polity might be complicated given it runs counter to claims to normative modes of sanitised representation. ...

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