Education, Religion and Creativity
Edited by: Ishwar Modi
This book is the second of a four-volume festschrift in honor of one of the stalwarts of sociology in India, Professor Yogendra Singh. It covers the topics of education, religion, and creativity. The first section of the book examines the state of higher education in a globalizing India, the decline of the university as a public institution, and the trends of youth sexuality. A case study of a school near the India-Pakistan border also raises the hope of peace in the overall context of civil-military relations. The second section investigates how religion could be mobilized for the dignity and development of a dalit community, and how a heritage village, besides being a sacred place, can emerge as a modern, developed village. This section also includes an essay arguing that Hinduism is inclusive and not exclusive, while another essay shows how the Jagannath Temple, one of the icons of Hinduism, promotes exclusivism, inclusivism, and pluralism at the same time. In the final section, the papers on creativity analyze not only the relationship between literature and society, but also between time and creativity, from a sociological perspective. A thorough sociological review of the art of Sharatchandra Chattopadhyay has also been undertaken, enriching the sociology of literature. Music is also examined, as well as the creative and recreational dimensions of television, leisure, and tourism.
Publication Date: 3/1/2013