Structure and Transformation: Theory and Society in India

Structure and Transformation: Theory and Society in India

by Susan 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 and tradition. The authors problematize a vast array of literature on

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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 and tradition. 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 the conventional 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-invigorating old debates through an understanding of questions teachers and students put to each other in classroom situations, thus enabling students to read sociology 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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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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