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This book looks at the sociology of India from two perspectives: first, understanding the cultural traditions of India with special reference to religious and ethical values; and second, exploring the growth of the sociological traditions of India.

Divided in two parts, the book goes beyond mere description of the main religious traditions and looks at the ethical values that are embedded in the religio-secular traditions of India. It also projects the sociological traditions of India as a historical process, a process of growth of sociological knowledge. The basic premise of the discussion is not one dominant cultural tradition but the plurality that characterizes the cultural, religious, and value traditions of India, and pluralism that characterizes the sociology of India.

Radhakamal Mukerjee and His Contemporaries
Radhakamal Mukerjee and his contemporaries

Each individual, by virtue of his inclinations, has a right to principles which do not destroy his individuality.

—GOETHE, Conversation with J.D. Falk

[T]he task of sociology [is] to combat the tyranny of economics.

—RADHAKAMAL MUKERJEE, The Institutional Theory of Economics

A true general theory of society is the corpus of theories, laws, and explanations of social sciences; it is a body of integrated and coordinated knowledge relating to society as a whole. For society is not divisible. Only the social sciences for the sake of analysis and specialization are fractionalized.

—RADHAKAMAL MUKERJEE, ‘Faiths and Influences’
Towards an Interdisciplinary Approach

Radhakamal Mukerjee (1889–1968) may truly be regarded as the primus inter pares among the founding fathers of sociology in India. Although his early ...

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