Doing Sociology In India


  • Author: Sujata Patel
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN-13: 9780199467020
  • Pages: 368
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Year of Pub / Reprint Year: 2016


About The Book

This important volume on the history of sociology in India locates scholars, scholarship, theories, perspectives, and practices of the discipline in different cities and regions of the country over a century. It argues that this history is enmeshed in political projects of constructing a ‘society’, which took place as a result of colonialism and dominant nationalism. The book affirms the existence of both strong and weak traditions of scholarship in India and underscores three processes that have aided this development at various points of time: reflexive interrogation of received scholarship; probing ideal types of theories within classrooms; and questioning existing debates on society and its language by the public.

Table Of Contents

Introduction: Ruminating on Sociological Traditions in India by Sujata Patel

I Pasts and Presents: Debating Disciplinary Genealogies

  1. Sociology: The Genealogy of the Discipline in Bombay by Manorama Savur
  2. The Public Culture of Sociology in Calcutta by Anjan Ghosh
  3. Searching for Bedrock: Contending with the Lucknow School and Its Legacy by Sasheej Hegde
  4. Social Anthropology or Marxist Sociology? Assessing the Contesting Sociological Visions of M.N. Srinivas and A.R. Desai by Sujata Patel

II Between Nation and Region: Situating Sociology

  1. Of Centres and Peripheries: Sociology in Goa by Alito Siqueira and Manish Thakur
  2. Legacy and Rigour: The Bombay School of Sociology and Its Impact in Universities in Maharashtra D.N. Dhanagare
  3. Looking Back: The Practice of Sociology in CSSS/JNU by Maitrayee Chaudhuri
  4. Sociology in Karnataka: The Formation and Decline of a Discipline by N. Jayaram

III Negotiating Practices, Rescripting Agendas

  1. Exorcising the Fear of Identity: Interrogating the ‘Language Question’ in Sociology and Sociological Language by Sharmila Rege
  2. Knowledge Production and Transmission: Learning Sociology at the Undergraduate Level by Edward A. Rodrigues
  3. Colonial Anthropology, Law, and Adivasi Struggles: The Case of Jharkhand by Carol Upadhya
  4. Scripting Sociology of Science: Between Knowledge and Democracy in India by Shiv Visvanathan

Notes on Contributors

About The Author

Sujata Patel is Professor In The Department Of Sciology , School Of Social Science, University Of Hyderabad, India