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.

Beyond Medical Pluralism: Medicine, Power and Social Legitimacy in India

Beyond Medical Pluralism: Medicine, Power and Social Legitimacy in India

Beyond medical pluralism: Medicine, power and social legitimacy in india
V. Sujatha

The term ‘medical pluralism’ was used in the 1980s by medical anthropologists to denote the prevalence of multiple systems of medicine in South Asia due to non-availability of biomedical facilities. Pluralistic health behaviour and the resort to traditional and irrational therapies found in the less developed world were points of discussion in development discourse in the 1950s. Lately, however, medical pluralism appears in sociological literature as a sign of the postmodern condition. It has come to denote the freedom of choice and self-assertion of post-industrial populations in the Global North (Scambler 2002). The trajectory of this term in the social ...

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