Sociology: Essays on Approach and Method

Paperback | January 15, 2009

byAndre Beteille

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This collection reflects Andre Beteille's long career in teaching and research in a single institutional setting as a scholar of sociology. With a new introduction, two new essays and a new appendix, the second edition emphasizes that sociology as an intellectual discipline should be concernedmore directly with the present than the past. Both the new essays complement the existing chapters in the book. Writing about sociology and current affairs in Chapter 2, Beteille makes a distinction between 'immediate-return' and 'delayed-return' research. Chapter 5 focuses on the important questionof difference between the study of one's own society and the study of other cultures. The new appendix includes a conversation between the author and Surendra Munshi on a variety of themes. Together, the two appendices in the book reiterate the author's conviction that the study of one's own societygains from the insights derived from the study of other societies.

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This collection reflects Andre Beteille's long career in teaching and research in a single institutional setting as a scholar of sociology. With a new introduction, two new essays and a new appendix, the second edition emphasizes that sociology as an intellectual discipline should be concernedmore directly with the present than the pas...

Andre Beteille is Professor Emeritus of Sociology at the University of Delhi, and Chancellor at North Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. He was Chairman of the Indian Council of Social Science Research (ICSSR) in New Delhi.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:364 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.01 inPublished:January 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195698843

ISBN - 13:9780195698848

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AcknowledgementsIntroduction to Second EditionIntroduction1. Sociology and Common Sense2. Sociology and Current Affairs3. Sociology and Anthropology: Their Relationship in One Person's Career4. Some Observations on the Comparative Method5. An Anthropologist in His Own Country6. Sociology and Area Study: The South Asian Experience7. Religion as a Subject for Sociology8. Politics as a Subject for Sociology9. Economics and Sociology10. The Place of Tradition in Sociological Enquiry11. Science and Tradition12. Newness in Sociological EnquiryAppendices:I. Sociology as Critical Understanding: An Interview by Stefan MolundII. Surendra Munshi, 'In conversation with Prof. Andre Beteille'Name IndexSubject Index