Thinking Social Science in India: Essays in Honour of Alice Thorner

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This Indian book, a Festschrift in honour of Alice Thorner, consists of thirty-one essays by prominent social scientists in India, Europe and the U.S.
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This festschrift to Alice Horner is primarily concerned with the thematic concerns that motivated Horner and her late husband in their scholarly work: work and labor, industrialization and capitalism, family and household, demography and culture, and politics. Thirty- one essays, presented by Patel (sociology, U. of Pune, India), Bagchi (women's studies, Jadavpur U., India) and Raj (editor, ), are divided into four sections that explore themes and methodologies used by Horner in analyzing agrarian Indian and gender, elaborate aspects of economic change since Indian independence, explore cultural assessment of contemporary India, and relate the colonial heritage to the contemporary political process. Also includes an appreciation of Horner and a bibliography of her writings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780761996002
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications
  • Publication date: 5/23/2002
  • Pages: 468
  • Product dimensions: 6.36 (w) x 9.74 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Meet the Author

Sujata Patel is a sociologist at the University of Hyderabad. An historical sensibility and a combination of four perspectives – Marxism, feminism, spatial studies and post structuralism – post colonialism influences her work which covers diverse areas such as modernity and social theory, history of sociology/social sciences, city formation, social movements, gender construction, reservation, quota politics and caste and class forma­tions in India. She is also an active interlocutor of teaching and learning practices, and has written on the challenges that organise its reconstitution within classrooms, university structures. She is the author of more than 60 papers and is the series editor of Sage Studies in International Sociology (including Current Sociology Monographs (2010–2014), Oxford India Studies in Contemporary Society (Oxford, India) and Cities and the Urban Imperative (Routledge, India). She is also the author of The Making of Industrial Relations (Oxford University Press, 1997), editor of The ISA Handbook of Diverse Sociological Traditions, Sage London (2010) and Doing Sociology in India, Genealogies, Locations and Practices (Oxford, 2011) as also a co-editor of five books, Bombay: Metaphor of Modern India (Oxford University Press, 1995); Bombay: Mosaic of Modern Culture (Oxford University Press, 1995); Bombay and Mumbai: The City in Transition (Oxford University Press, 2003); Thinking Social Science in India (Sage, 2002); and Urban Studies (Oxford University Press, 2006). She has been associated in various capacities with the International Sociological Association and has been its first Vice President for National Associations (2002–2006).

Jasodhara Bagchi is Emeritus Professor of Women's Studies at Jadavpur University, where she was also Professor of English until her retirement. She is former Chairperson of the West Bengal Commission for Women. Her focus areas of research include women's studies, women's writings, 19th century English and Bengali literature, the reception of Positivism in Bengal, motherhood, and the Partition of India. Her authored, edited, and co-edited books include Literature, Society, and Ideology in the Victorian Era (1992), Indian Women: Myth and Reality (1995), The Trauma and the Triumph: Gender and Partition in Eastern India (co-edited with Subhoranjan Dasgupta, 2003), and The Changing Status of Women in West Bengal 1970–2000: The Challenges Ahead (2005).

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Table of Contents

Alice Thorner - Sujata Patel
An Appreciation
The Small Peasant - Nirmal Kumar Chandra
Marxist Tradition and Chayanov
On Famine and Measuring 'Famine Deaths' - Utsa Patnaik
Uses of History - Elizabeth Whitcombe
India's Contribution to the Study of Climate and Disease
Subaltern Studies as Post-Colonial Critique of Modernity - Jacques Pouchepadass
M N Srinivas's Contribution to Understanding Gender - Maithreyi Krishnaraj
From Exclusion to Marginalisation? Hegemonic Agendas and Women's Writing - Uma Chakravarty
Small is Beautiful - Leela Gulati
Case Study as a Method in Social Science
The Halting Journey - Ashok Mitra
Poverty and Inequality in India - K Sardamoni
An Examination of the First Three Five-Year Plans
Labour and Employment - K S Krishnaswamy
Certain Current Issues
Working Mothers, Poverty and Child Loss - N Krishnaji
Gendered Labour Markets and Globalisation in Asia - Gita Sen
What Happened to Land Reform? - Joan Mencher
Consumerism and New Classes in India - Achin Vanaik
Civil Strife - Meena Alexander
Home at the Edge of the World
Older Women, Past and Present, in an Indian Muslim Family - Sylvia Vatuk
'Baby' Iconography - Patricia Uberoi
Constructing Childhood in Indian Calendar Art
Allies, Confidants and Beloveds - G Arunima
Representations of Ideas of Friendship in Nineteenth-Century Kerala
Gender, Moral Regulations, and Narrative Formation in Epic Poetry - Nabaneeta Dev Sen
Traversing through Gendered Spaces - Neera Desai
Insights from Some Narratives
Linguistic Methods and Minority Languages in India - Tista Bagchi
Nationalism and Human Development - Amiya Kumar Bagchi
Time and Nation - Jim Masselos
Talking the National Language - David Lelyveld
Hindi/Urdu/Hindustani in Indian Broadcasting and Cinema
Representing Gandhi in Independent India - Claude Markovits
Jawaharlal Nehru, Big Business and the Liaquat Ali Khan Budget of 1947 - Nasir Tyabji
Bombay\Mumbai and the Ambedkar Movement - Eleanor Zelliot
Past and Present
The Changing Identity of the Jats in North India - Christophe Jaffrelot
Kshatriyas, Kisans or Backwards?
Then and Now - Rajni Kothari
The 'Great Indian Experiment'
The Changing Definition of Rights in India - Manoranjan Mohanty
Pluralism, State and Society in India - Sunanda Sen
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