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.

Schooling and Culture: Bringing Schools into Sociology

Schooling and culture: Bringing schools into sociology
Meenakshi Thapan

Sociology in India has enriched our understanding of institutions and processes in different contexts and spheres of social life. In all these aspects, education has somehow remained marginal to the interests of sociologists and is even now considered a banal and uninspiring area of study. This is partly a result of departments of sociology in universities that shape disciplinary frames through emphasising the study of more compelling and ‘relevant’ themes for research in contemporary India. Sociology of India, for example, largely focuses on caste and gender issues; economic sociology focuses on aspects of the economy in the context of the state or particular economies in different ...

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