The Oxford India Srinivas

Hardcover | July 1, 2009

byM. N. Srinivas, Ramachandra Guha, A. M. Shah

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Bringing together M.N. Srinivas's best writings on subjects ranging from village studies, caste and the social structure, gender, religion, and cultural and social change in India, The Oxford India Srinivas re-introduces a new generation of readers to the one of the pioneers of sociology andsocial anthropology in India. This compilation of essays examines many diverse aspects of Indian society and culture, both traditional as well as contemporary. Part I, on village studies, contains essays on Srinivas's studies in the village of Rampura, looking at various aspects of life in an Indian village, including the domination of caste in social life and village hierarchy. Part II focuses on caste and social structure in India, discussing caste inIndia, not just its evolution over time but also its place in modern times. Parts III and IV contain essays on gender and religion, while Part V examines the phenomena of cultural and social change in India, including a discussion on nation-building, science, technology and development as well aschanging values and institutions in modern India. Parts VI and VII examine the development and scope of sociology and social anthropology in India, including a discussion on the importance of method in these disciplines. Part VIII is a unique section which includes essays of an autobiographicalnature. The new Introduction by Ramachandra Guha assesses Srinivas's contributions to both Indian academic as well as his position as one of the heavyweights of the disciplines he was associated with. The Foreword by A.M. Shah highlights the importance of Srinivas's work for both academia and inunderstanding the dynamics of social reality in India. This edition will be of interest to students and scholars of sociology and social anthropology, as well as the informed general reader interested in Indian society.

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Bringing together M.N. Srinivas's best writings on subjects ranging from village studies, caste and the social structure, gender, religion, and cultural and social change in India, The Oxford India Srinivas re-introduces a new generation of readers to the one of the pioneers of sociology andsocial anthropology in India. This compilatio...

M.N. Srinivas (1916-99) was former J.R.D. Tata Visiting Fellow, National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. Ramachandra Guha is a well-known historian and writer. A.M. Shah was Former Professor of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics, University of Delhi.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:760 pages, 8.46 × 5.51 × 0.1 inPublished:July 1, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Publisher's NoteRamachandra Guha: IntroductionList of Major WorksA.M. Shah: ForewordLakshmi Srinivas: PrefaceAcknowledgementsPart I: Village Studies: Rampura1. The Indian Village: Myth and Reality2. The Social System of a Mysore Village3. The Dominant Caste in Rampura4. The Study of Disputes in an Indian Village5. A Caste Dispute among the Washermen of Mysore6. A Joint Family Dispute in a Mysore Village7. The Case of the Potter and the PriestPart II: Caste and Social Structure8. The Evolution of Caste in India9. Varna and Caste10. Some Reflections on the Nature of Caste Hierarchy11. Mobility in the Caste System12. A Note on Sanskritization and Westernization13. The Cohesive Role of Sanskritization14. The Caste System and its Future15. Caste in Modern IndiaPart III: Gender16. The Changing Position of Indian Women17. Some reflections on Dowry18. Culture and Human Fertility in IndiaPart IV: Religion19. A Brief Note on Ayyappa, the South Indian Diety20. Gandhi's Religion21. The Social Significance of Religion in IndiaPart V: Cultural and Social Change in India22. On Living in a Revolution23. Nation Building in Independent India24. Science, Technology and Rural Development in India25. The Dual Cultures of Independent India26. Changing Institutions and Values in Modern IndiaPart VI: Sociology and Social Anthropology in India27. Social Anthropology and Sociology28. Sociology in India and its Future29. The Development of Sociology and Social Anthropology in IndiaPart VII: Method30. Village Studies, Participant Observation and Social Science Research in India31. The Fieldworker and the Field: A Village in Karnataka32. The Observer and the Observed in the Study of Cultures33. The Insider versus The Outsider in the Study of Cultures34. Participant Observation35. Studying One's Own Culture: Some Thoughts36. Indian Anthropologists and the Study of Indian Culture37. Social Anthropology and Literary SensibilityPart VIII: Autobiographical Essays38. My Baroda Days39. Sociology in Delhi40. Itineraries of an Indian Social Anthropologist41. Practising Social Anthropology in India42. All is Not Lost if Your Plans Go AwryChristopher J. Fuller: Afterword: An Interview with M.N. SrinivasReferencesIndex