Indian Sociological Thought

By B.K. Nagla

Indian society - having a checkered history of monarchy, feudalism, colonialism, and democracy - has passed through a long evolutionary process. It is being interpreted in a variety of ways by different ideologies. The basic problem for social scientists is to find out the meaning, truth, and reality of Indian society. August Comte was the first sociologist to take up the task of defining society. Since then, gallons of ink have been put onto paper in order to define and redefine Indian society. This present work analyzes Indian society in both scientific and humane perspectives. It elicits the views of some of the leading Indian sociologists - D.D. Kosambi, Romila Thapar, Radhakamal Mukerjee, Ramkrishna Mukherjee, Yogendra Singh, Surajit Sinha, Ranajit Guha, etc. - and a few Western sociologists - Louis Dumont, McKim Marriott, David Hardiman - who have done research in India and have developed perspectives on Indian society. The book includes perspectives that are historical, Indological/textual, structural-functional, Marxist, cultural, and civilizational. The book will prove useful for students, teachers, and researchers alike.


418 pages

Publication Date: 10/16/2008
Format: Cloth
ISBN: 9788131602263