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.

Artful Living: New Religious Movements in and of South Asia

Artful Living: New Religious Movements in and of South Asia

Artful living: New religious movements in and of south asia
Tulasi Srinivas


Religious innovation is a much ignored topic of scholarly study. So much so that scholarly interest in new religious movements (known as NRMs), where innovation is originary, only emerged in the late 1980s in the West following the belated recognition of a systemic and systematic wave of religious innovation post Second World War (Lewis 2003; Wyon 1962). The young seekers of the post-Vietnam 1960s era were attempting to look beyond the modern West for spiritual answers towards the mystical and folk traditions of the East such as Buddhism, and to historical and feminist traditions that had long been suppressed such ...

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