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.

The Challenge of Urban Space

The challenge of urban space
Smriti Srinivas

Urban India and Patrick Geddes

The Scottish polymath Patrick Geddes (1854–1932) is legitimately recognised as one of the founders of Indian sociology and anthropology (Uberoi et al. 2007). Geddes, who spent a decade in the subcontinent involved with urban issues and plans (many of them now relegated to historical amnesia), should really be recognised as the ‘first sociologist of urban India’ or ‘the first urban sociologist of India’. While his contribution to urban planning is difficult to evaluate and there have been some critical readings of his work, Geddes was one of the few comparative urbanists of his time and deeply interested in cities, history and urban form in Europe as ...

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