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.

Religious Violence: A Sociological Perspective

Religious Violence: A Sociological Perspective

Religious violence: A sociological perspective
Ronie Parciack

For Asma Agbarieh-Zahalka

Violence and the Question of Religious Settings

The multitude of interpretations and debates on ‘religious violence’ are enigmatic and concomitantly saturated with blind spots. The concept of religious violence has been dealt with by a variety of methods and approached from a whole spectrum of theological, philosophical and doctrinal perspectives. It covers a large discursive span beginning with the issue of theodicy1 but simultaneously, in a way subverting the premises encompassed by theodicy, sets in motion a secularised, human, sociological perspective that denies any metaphysical setting and deciphers it as an imagined backdrop that can be employed to ignite violence between human societies. The question of authority—foundationalism, in Derridean ...

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