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On Methodology and Methods

Research Methodology: Logic, Methods, and Cases by Sameer S Phanse, New Delhi: Oxford University Press, 2016; pp xxx + 727, ₹ 625 (paperback).

Gulf Migration: Impact on Kerala

Kerala's Gulf Connection, 1998-2011: Economic and Social Impact of Migration by K C Zachariah and S Irudaya Rajan (New Delhi: Orient Blackswan) 2012; pp xvii + 261, Rs 695 (HB).

Identity, Community, and Conflict

Identity and its relation to ethnicity and community, on one side, and conflict, on the other, have emerged as salient topics for scholarly investigation in the social sciences. Both internationally and domestically, there has been a steady outpouring of writings on the subject. This paper surveys the trends in this engagement in India during the last three decades, exploring the aspects and dimensions of the relationship among identity, community and conflict seen in the literature in different social sciences.

The Indian Diaspora: Musings of a Social Anthropologist

Nation, Diaspora, Trans-Nation: Reflections from India by Ravindra K Jain (New Delhi: Routledge), 2010; pp x + 160, Rs 495.

On the Neglected Leg of the Globalisation Triad

Diaspora, Development, and Democracy: The Domestic Impact of International Migration from India by Devesh Kapur (Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press), 2010; pp xv + 325, $35.

Revisiting the City: The Relevance of Urban Sociology Today

Events since the 1990s, with the advent of globalisation and the information and communication technology revolution in particular, have had a profound impact on cities around the world and have rejuvenated academic interest in the urban question. This paper makes a case for revisiting the city from a sociological perspective. Laying emphasis on the distinction between "locale" and "milieu" and on the community-cosmopolitanism dialectic in urban areas, it elucidates thematics for an urban sociology today. The paper further considers areas for empirical investigation, such as issues of citizenship and cyberspace, in the light of this dialectic. It concludes with a brief discussion on methodological considerations in studying the city.

Bringing Sociology Down to Earth

Down to Earth interesting autobiographical piece about Anti-Utopia: Essential Writings of B
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