Interrogating Indias Modernity: Democracy, Identity, and Citizenship

Hardcover | November 17, 2013

EditorSurinder Jodhka

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The last four decades have seen momentous changes in the Indian society, in terms of its structure, processes, and the dynamics of social institutions. Sociological study of stratification, identity, ethnicity, democratic processes, and urbanism and modernity, have been at the centre stage ofacademic engagement with this transition, and Indian sociologists have contributed significantly to this corpus of knowledge. This book brings together an Introduction and 11 essays, written by well-known experts and commentators on modern Indian society. They cover a wide range of thematic andtopical issues, from class constitution of Indian cities to social hierarchies; from the state of scheduled tribes to religion and politics; and from violence of law to health care in India. Compiled in the honour of Professor Dipankar Gupta, whose four-decade-long contribution to Indian sociology has shaped the way the discipline has evolved, is learnt, taught, and practiced in India, this volume brings to fore the key concerns of his scholarship. Going beyond Dipankar Gupta's work,the essays build an overarching theoretical framework, developing the threads of sociological scholarship in these areas.

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The last four decades have seen momentous changes in the Indian society, in terms of its structure, processes, and the dynamics of social institutions. Sociological study of stratification, identity, ethnicity, democratic processes, and urbanism and modernity, have been at the centre stage ofacademic engagement with this transition, an...

Surinder Jodhka is Professor and Head of the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:356 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.1 inPublished:November 17, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198092075

ISBN - 13:9780198092070

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Surinder Jodhka: Introduction: 'Modernity', Identity, and 'Citizenship'-Dipankar Gupta and Sociology of India1. T.B. Hansen: Strangers, Neighbours, and Political Order in the South Asian City2. Jonathan Parry: The 'Embourgeoisement' of a 'Proletarian Vanguard'?3. Andre Beteille: Does the Middle Class Have Boundaries?4. Kriti Kapila: Old Differences and New Hierarchies: The Trouble with Tribes in Contemporary India5. Gurpreet Mahajan: What Is Civil and Uncivil in Civil Society? Conceptual Reflections on Contemporary India6. Gurharpal Singh: Religion, Politics, and Governance: A Comparative Framework7. Christophe Jaffrelot: Refining the 'Moderation Thesis' Regarding 'Radical Parties': The Jana Sangh and the BJP between Hindu Nationalism and Coalition Politics in India8. Roger Jeffrey: Researching Health Care in India, 1970-2010: A Reflexive Account9. Ravinder Kaur: A Different India: New Imaginaries of Otherness after the Reforms10. A. Bimol Akoijam: Violence of Law and Citizenship: Conundrum of Democracy under Nationalist Ethos11. Sumanta Banerjee: Democracy in India: Of, By, and for Whom?About the Editor and Contributors