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Critical Themes in Indian Sociology

Critical Themes in Indian Sociology

First Edition
Edited by:
  • Sanjay Srivastava - SOAS University of London, London, UK
  • Yasmeen Arif - Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Delhi
  • Janaki Abraham - Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, University of Delhi.

January 2019 | 500 pages | SAGE India

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.

Thomas Blom Hansen
The State as an Ethnographic Object
Roma Chatterji
The Folk and the Making of an Indian Aesthetic
Ronie Parciack
Religious Violence: A Sociological Perspective
Jacob Copeman and Johannes Quack
Contemporary Religiosities
Tulasi Srinivas
Artful Living: New Religious Movements in and of South Asia
Surinder S. Jodhka
Villages and Villagers in Contemporary India
Mekhala Krishnamurthy
Fields, Markets and Agricultural Commodities
Lawrence Cohen
The Nation, De-duplicated
Nicholas Nisbett and Aditi Bhonagiri
Internet Cultures
Meenakshi Thapan
Schooling and Culture: Bringing Schools into Sociology
Carol Upadhya
Cultures of Work in India’s ‘New Economy’
Geert de Neve
The Sociology of Labour in India
Suryakant Waghmore
Hierarchy without System? Why Civility Matters in the Study of Caste
Lucia Michelutti
Caste and the Anthropology of Democracy
Raka Ray
‘The Middle Class’ and the Middle Classes
Alpa Shah
Tribe, Egalitarian Values, Autonomy and the State
Rajni Palriwala
Gendering Sociology, a Sociology of Gender or Studying Women?: Some Reflections
Perveez Mody
Contemporary Intimacies
Shalini Grover
Conjugality and Marital Dissolution in Historical Perspective
Srimati Basu
Gender and Law
Joseph S. Alter
Masculinities and Culture
Renu Addlakha
The Sociology of Disability: Conceptual Ethnography of an Analytical Category in India
Paul Boyce and Rohit K. Dasgupta
Alternating Sexualities: Sociology and Queer Critiques in India
Sarah Lamb
Ageing, Ambivalent Modernities and the Pursuit of Value in India
Amita Baviskar
New Cultures of Food Studies
Sara Dickey
Cinematic Cultures
Margit van Wessel
The Sociology of Consumption in India: Towards a New Agenda
Smriti Srinivas
The Challenge of Urban Space
Rita Brara
Feet on the Ground, Eyes on the Horizon: The Anthropology of Environment and Climate Change
V. Sujatha
Beyond Medical Pluralism: Medicine, Power and Social Legitimacy in India
Key features

·         The book covers a wide and exciting range of themes of sociological engagement ranging from caste, class, gender, village to food, sexuality, cinema.

·         Written by authors who have had a significant sociological engagement with India.

·         Rich and varied engagements in the book present perspectives on the state of art in the sociology of India.


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ISBN: 9789352807956

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