F N 202: Society in India: Contemporary Issues                            Credit- III


This paper introduces students to contemporary social processes in India and familiarize with diverse sociological concepts that are devised to understand complex structure of Indian society and its dynamics that are in operation.  Debates on caste, ethnicity, secularism, communalism, gender, etc would explicate its inter-woveness and provide the background for further explorations.  

Unit- I

Development of Sociology of India , Basic Concepts: Sanskritization, Hinduization, Graded Inequality, Dispersed Dominance, Modernization, Tribalization, Dialectics of Tradition and Modernity, Westernization, Little Tradition, Great Tradition, Homo-Hierarchy, Dominant Caste and Cultural Resilience.


Despande, S. (2004). Contemporary India: A Sociological View. New Delhi: Penguin.

Singh, Y. (1986). Modernization of Indian Tradition. Jaipur: Rawat.

Rudolph L I. and Rudolph S H. (1999). The Modernity of Tradition: Political Development in India. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan.

Shah, G. (2002) (ed.). Caste and Democratic Politics in India. Permanent Black: Delhi.

Srinivas, M N. (1995). Social Change in Modern India. Hyderabad: Orient Longman. Chapter 1-4.      

Jaffrelot, C. (2005). Analysing and Fighting Caste: Dr. Ambedkar and Untouchability. Delhi: Permanent Black. Chapter 3.

Oomen. T. K. 2005. “Understanding Indian Society: The Relevance of Perspective from below.” In S.M. Dahiwale (Ed.), Understanding Indian Society: The Non-Bhramnical Perspective, Jaipur: Rawat.

 Unit II

Indian Society through Historical Trajectories: Colonialism and Nationalism, Interplay of Economic and Political Nationalism


Desai, A. R. (2016). Social Background of Indian Nationalism. New Delhi: Sage, Texts and Polular Prakashan. Foreword by Sumit Sarkar.

 Das, V. (1996). Critical Events: An Anthropological Perspective on Contemporary India. Delhi: OUP.

 Unit III

Social Institution: Village, Caste, Adivasis, Ethnicity, Religion (Communalism and Secularism), Family and Gender


Jodhka, S. (2014). “Changing Face of Rural India” (Book Review of “India Rural Development Report Network, Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan), Economic and Political Weekly. XLIX(14).

Jodhka, S. (2012). Caste. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

Shah, G. (2002). “Dalits and State: An Overview”. In Ghanshyam S. (Ed.) Dalits and the State. New Delhi: Concept Publishing Company.

Madan, T. N. (1993). Wither Indian Secularism. Modern Asian Studies. 27(3), pp, 667-697.

Bilgramy, A. (1998). Secularism, Nationalism and Modernity. In Rajeev B, (ed.). Secularism and its Critique. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.

 Sunder, N. (ed.). (2016). The Scheduled Tribes and Their India: Politics, Identities, Policies and Work. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.      

Uberoi, P. (ed.), 1993. Family, Kinship and Marriage in India. New Delhi: Oxford University Press.