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Society in India
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Society in India

First Edition


January 2019 | 484 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

This comprehensive analysis of Indian society brings together the results of modern social research to trace the patterns that underlie social relations throughout India. Society in India views social relations in the country as systems and subsystems and shows that contrary to belief this is not static or stagnant, but has been continually adapting to changing circumstances mainly on the basis of certain deep-rooted psychological and social themes.

This edition combines two volumes. Volume One: Continuity and Change deals with the concepts of social system and caste order and then defines the major components of Indian society. The constituent chapters note the cultural effects of kinship networks and the psychological effects of the tensions inherent in family relations. Volume Two: Change and Continuity deals mainly with social change and its major types, recurrent and systematic. It examines and summarizes the discussion of psychological forces and social processes in our society and appraises the trends of modern social change.

Key Feature

• This analysis of Indian society is the most comprehensive study that has been done in recent times. 

• It brings together the results of modern social research to reveal the regular patterns that underlie social relations throughout the country 

• It outlines some of the principal social and regional variations. 

• This book discusses the psychological forces and social processes in Indian society and appraise the trends of modern social change.


 
PREFACE
 
Volume One: Continuity and Change
 
INTRODUCTION
Task, Concepts, and Scope

 
The Basic Groups and Groupings Jati

 
 
FAMILY AND KINSHIP RELATIONS
Family

 
Family Roles: Boy and Man

 
Family Roles: Girl and Woman

 
Family Cycle: Formation and Maintenance

 
Family Cycle: Growth and Completion

 
The Wider Ties of Kinship

 
 
RELATIONS AMONG PEOPLE OF DIFFERENT JATIS
The Interdependence of Families and Jatis

 
Criteria for the Ranking of Jatis

 
The Social Relevance of Ritual Pollution and Purity

 
Secular Criteria and the Attribution of Jati Rank

 
Cultural Variations and the Jati Order

 
 
RELATIONS WITHIN THE JATI
Alliances and Sections within the Jati

 
Opposition and Cohesion within the Jati-group

 
Maintaining the Jati: Leaders and Panchayats

 
The Uses of Panchayats

 
Jati Enterprises and Functions

 
 
Volume Two: Change and Continuity
 
VILLAGE, REGION, CIVILIZATION
Village: Separate Hearths and Common Home

 
The Village: Internal Regulation

 
The Wider Ties of Village: Centers and Regions

 
The Villager and Some Perennial Problems of Civilization

 
 
RECURRENT CHANGE THROUGH SOCIAL MOBILITY
Jati Mobility

 
Cultural Adaptations and Models for Mobility

 
Mobility Tactics: Overcoming External Opposition

 
Maintaining Internal Cohesion: Fission and Fusion

 
Modern Means for Jati Improvement: Associations and Federations

 
 
RECURRENT CHANGE THROUGH RELIGIOUS AND TRIBAL MOVEMENTS
Social Regrouping through Indigenous Religions

 
Social Aspects of Introduced Religions: Muslims

 
Social Aspects of Introduced Religions: Jews, Parsis, Christians

 
The Accretion of Tribal Peoples

 
Direction of Tribal Change

 
 
CONTINUITIES AND TRENDS
Psychological Forces, Social Processes, and Systemic Shift

 
Trends

 
 
APPENDIX: THE CONCEPTS OF SYSTEM AND OF STRATIFICATION
Uses of the concepts

 
What kind of system is a “caste system”?

 
 
BIBLIOGRAPHY
 
INDEX
Key features

This comprehensive analysis of Indian society brings together the results of modern social research to trace the patterns that underlie social relations throughout India. Society in India views social relations in the country as systems and subsystems and shows that contrary to belief this is not static or stagnant, but has been continually adapting to changing circumstances mainly on the basis of certain deep-rooted psychological and social themes.

This edition combines two volumes. Volume One: Continuity and Change deals with the concepts of social system and caste order and then defines the major components of Indian society. The constituent chapters note the cultural effects of kinship networks and the psychological effects of the tensions inherent in family relations. Volume Two: Change and Continuity deals mainly with social change and its major types, recurrent and systematic. It examines and summarizes the discussion of psychological forces and social processes in our society and appraises the trends of modern social change.

Key Feature

• This analysis of Indian society is the most comprehensive study that has been done in recent times. 

• It brings together the results of modern social research to reveal the regular patterns that underlie social relations throughout the country 

• It outlines some of the principal social and regional variations. 

• This book discusses the psychological forces and social processes in Indian society and appraise the trends of modern social change.

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