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.

Villages and Villagers in Contemporary India

Villages and villagers in contemporary india
Surinder S. Jodhka

At the time of India's independence, when sociologists/social anthropologists and other social scientists were beginning to initiate some form of independent research on Indian society, there was near unanimity among academics and the political class that India lived in its villages spread across diverse regions of the subcontinent. According to this common-sense view, even when people in different regions of the country spoke different languages, ate different kinds of food, held different religious beliefs and had varied kinship practices, they were presumed to have many similarities that united them all: namely being embedded in institutions such as the caste system, the village community and the joint family. ...

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