Structure and Transformation: Theory and Society in India by Susan Visvanathan

Structure and Transformation: Theory and Society in India

EditorSusan Visvanathan

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This book examines the key debates, both theoretical and empirical, in the fields of urbanization, industrialization and stratification in India. The essays in the volume engage with the problems of typologies - tribal, peasant and industrial - in order to rethink the issues of modernity andtradition. The authors problematize a vast array of literature on tribal, peasant and industrial sociology, grappling with conceptual problems caused by the uncritical application of theories germinated in the West to the Indian context. The primary assumption of all the essays is that theconventional binary opposition between primitive and modern, and the evolutionary schema of viewing the world in terms of First, Second and Third Worlds is redundant to our times. Keeping this in mind, the book provides an essential framework for understanding globalization. The contributors to the volume attempt to engage with the discursive and volatile aspects of the discipline of sociology, enlivening and re-invigourating old debates through an understanding of questions teachers and students put to each other in classroom situations, thus enabling students to readsociology in a new and refreshing way. In a new Preface, the editor contextualizes the issues of tribe, caste, gender and work in tribal, peasant and industrial societies in the current scenario.It is essential reading for students and teachers of sociology and anthropology, bureaucrats, administrators, social workers, journalists and the interested lay reader.

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Susan Visvanathan is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems, School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.
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Title:Structure and Transformation: Theory and Society in IndiaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:244 pagesPublished:June 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198062788

ISBN - 13:9780198062783

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List of ContributorsPrefaceSusan Visvanathan: Introduction1. Sheena Jain: Structure and Culture: The Debates2. Satish Saberwal: Framework in Change: Colonial Indian Society3. K.L. Sharma: On Understanding Caste and Class4. Savyasaachi: Forest Dwellers and Tribals in India5. Kuriakose Mamkoottam: Anomie, Alienation, and Involvement6. Cherian Joseph: Gender and Work in Industrial Society7. Tulsi Patel: Women and Migration8. Susan Visvanathan: Interpretations of the City9. Shobhita Jain: Plantation Labour in South and South-East Asia10. Shiv Visvanathan: Religion and the Geddesian Theory of the CityIndex