Structure and Transformation: Theory and Society in India

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"Structure and Transformation attempts to understand some of the key theoretical and empirical debates in the fields of urbanization, industrialization and stratification in India. The essays in this volume engage with the problem of typologies - tribal, peasant and industrial - in order to rethink the issues of modernity and tradition." "The authors problematize a vast array of literature on tribal, peasant and industrial sociology, grappling with conceptual problems related to the uncritical application of theories germinated in the West to
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"Structure and Transformation attempts to understand some of the key theoretical and empirical debates in the fields of urbanization, industrialization and stratification in India. The essays in this volume engage with the problem of typologies - tribal, peasant and industrial - in order to rethink the issues of modernity and tradition." "The authors problematize a vast array of literature on tribal, peasant and industrial sociology, grappling with conceptual problems related to the uncritical application of theories germinated in the West to Indian contexts. The primary assumption of all the essays is that the conventional binary opposition between primitive and modern, and the schema of the First, Second and Third worlds is redundant to our times. With this approach, the essays explore the tribal question, gender and the workplace, culture, change and colonial India, as well as issues in urban sociology." "The contributors to this volume do not propose a single solution to any of the problems but attempt to engage with the discursive and volatile aspects of the discipline of sociology, enlivening and reinvigorating old debates. It is hoped that through this exercise the student will come to read sociology in a new and refreshing way." "The contributors to this volume are teachers of sociology in different universities of India. Structure and Transformation is thus alive to the questions posed in classroom situations and will enrich the teaching of sociology in India. It is essential reading for students and teachers of sociology and anthropology, bureaucrats, administrators, social workers, journalists and the interested lay reader."--BOOK JACKET.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780198062783
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 10/15/2009
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Susan Visvanathan is Professor at the Centre for the Study of Social Systems in the School of Social Sciences at Jawaharlal Nehru University, India.

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Table of Contents

List of Contributors
Introduction
Structure and Culture: The Debates 1
Framework in Change: Colonial Indian Society 33
On Understanding Caste and Class 58
Forest Dwellers and Tribals in India 71
Anomie, Alienation, and Involvement 96
Gender and Work in Industrial Society 115
Women and Migration 131
Interpretations of the City 152
Plantation Labour in South and South-East Asia 183
Religion and the Geddesian Theory of the City 198
Index 213
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