Anti-utopia: Essential Writings of Andre Beteille Anti-utopia: Essential Writings of Andre Beteille

Paperback | August 15, 2011

byAndre BeteilleEditorDipankar Gupta

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For the last four decades, Andre Beteille's work has had a fundamental impact on Indian sociology. While drawing from universal theoretical perspectives, Beteille has adapted them to empirical realities in India. This collection brings together 19 of the most seminal writings of Beteille,selected and introduced by Dipankar Gupta. The topics of the essays range from caste, class, and religion to methodological issues in the social sciences, equality, and civil society. The overarching theme with which these essays are concerned is how a society may ensure equality of opportunitywithout making grave compromises to the well-being of civil society institutions.

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For the last four decades, Andre Beteille's work has had a fundamental impact on Indian sociology. While drawing from universal theoretical perspectives, Beteille has adapted them to empirical realities in India. This collection brings together 19 of the most seminal writings of Beteille,selected and introduced by Dipankar Gupta. The t...

Andre Beteille is Professor Emeritus of Sociology, University of Delhi and National Research Professor. Dipankar Gupta is former Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:504 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.68 inPublished:August 15, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Preface to the Paperback Edition (Dipankar Gupta)AcknowledgementsThe Anti-Utopian Liberal: An Introduction to the Works of Andre Beteille (Dipankar Gupta)Section I: Studying Society: Academic Judgement and Common Sense1. Sociology and Anthropology: Their Relationship in One Person's Career2. Sociology and Common Sense3. Religion as a Subject for SociologySection II: Methods and Concepts: Operationalizing the Field4. Some Observations on the Comparative Method5. Ideas and Interests6. Tribe and Peasantry7. Race, Caste, and GenderSection III: Social Stratification in India: The Dynamics of Class, Status, and Political Mobilization8. Caste in Contemporary India9. Caste, Class, and Power10. The Future of the Backward Classes: The Competing Demands of Status and Power11. Class and StatusSection IV: Equality and Individualism: the Tension between Fact and Value12. The Idea of Natural Inequality13. The Two Sources of Inequality14. The Reproduction of Inequality15. Individualism and EqualitySection V: Civil Society and Institutional Well-Being16. The Conflict of Norms and Values17. Equality as a Right and as a Policy18. Distributive Justice and Institutional Well-Being19. Civil Society and the Good SocietySection VI: Appendices: My Two GrandmothersInterview with Andre BeteilleIndex.