Knowledge and Society: Situating Sociology and Social Anthropology

Hardcover | May 15, 2013

byT. K. Oommen

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In this book, the author emphasizes the importance of contextualization and discusses the controversy regarding data collection techniques among sociologists and social anthropologists. He argues that there is an organic relationship between the nature of the themes studied and the methodsinvoked; the nature and characteristics of the universe studied and the methods employed; and that no method is inherently superior or inferior but they are contextually relevant or irrelevant. The book also addresses the advantages and disadvantages of having a pre-conceived theoretical framework and a conceptual kit in the study of ongoing social movements. The book further demonstrates how theories, concepts, data collection techniques, themes of research, and structure of society arelinked. All chapters in this book singly and in combination address the ambiguous boundary between sociology and social anthropology, the unwarranted anxiety that cultural/social sciences exhibit to catch up with the "scientificity" of material and life sciences, and the lack of clarity thatsociology is prone to have regarding the appropriate units of analysis in different contexts and levels.

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In this book, the author emphasizes the importance of contextualization and discusses the controversy regarding data collection techniques among sociologists and social anthropologists. He argues that there is an organic relationship between the nature of the themes studied and the methodsinvoked; the nature and characteristics of the ...

T.K. Oommen is Emeritus Professor at 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:272 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.98 inPublished:May 15, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198090463

ISBN - 13:9780198090465

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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgementsList of AbbreviationsIntroduction: Sociology and Social Anthropology: Persisting TensionsPart I1. Sociology in India: A Plea for Contextualization2. Data Collection Techniques: The Sterile Controversy3. Theory, Concepts, and Empirical Research: An Analysis in Reciprocity4. On the Craft of Studying Social Movements5. Apprehending Social Reality in a Hierarchical Society: The Rationale for a Perspective from BelowPart II6. Internationalization of Sociology: A South Asian Perspective7. Sociology for One World: Towards an Authentic Sociology8. The Trajectory of Globalization and Its Implications for Social Research9. The Pasts and Futures of Anthropology and Sociology: Implications of Shifting LocationsPart III10. Y.B. Damle: The Teacher, the Researcher, and the Scholar11. Disjunctions between Field, Method, and Concept: An Appraisal of M.N. Srinivas12. Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes, and the Nation: Situating G.S. GhuryeReferencesName IndexSubject Index