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 4: Contemporary Religiosities
Warmest congratulations to CIS (new series) on its 50th volume! It would be difficult to overstate the distinguished contribution of the journal to not only South Asian studies but also the social sciences and humanities more broadly. CIS has facilitated and intensified discussions of many seminal arguments and controversial topics in South Asian studies, one of the most famous being that which went under the heading ‘For a sociology of India’, as part of which the appropriate approach to ‘religion’ in South Asia is crucial. We do not seek to provide here a full and fair review but rather one that is perforce partial and selective in the extreme and which ...