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Idea of Unitary Social Science

Some sociologists are today pursuing a symbiotic approach of culture, economy and polity, in order to unfold the reality of the contextual situations in south Asia, Africa, etc. This may well be the harbinger of the development of a unitary social science, in promoting which idea, VKRV Rao was a pioneer.

Caste in Itself, Caste and Class, or Caste in Class

The debate surrounding the relationship between caste and class is discussed here in the context of historical and contemporary perspectives in India, maintaining that what exists in India is caste in class, not caste per se or caste and class.

Social and Cultural Components of Society and Appraisal of Social Reality

and Appraisal of Social Reality Ramkrishna Mukherjee Culture, economy, and polity are three essential dimensions taken into account for the appraisal of social reality. While the interaction of the three dimensions was of concern to the pioneers in social science, specialisation began to lay unilateral emphasis on polity and/or economy from the late nineteenth century. But, as the emphasis failed to reveal reality precisely and comprehensively, attention on culture was revived in the second half of the present century. From the 1980s it has assumed an acute form. Among others, the Subaltern School of history-making and post-modernism as a principle of scientific analysis are illustrative of the new venture. In this context, it may be useful to examine the roles attributed to culture as a variable for the appraisal of social reality, and search for its apposite role with reference to growth and development of society. The objective of this paper is to initiate a discussion in this respect.

I P Desai and Sociology of India

I P Desai and Sociology of India Ramkrishna Mukherjee In the four decades of pursuing sociology I P Desai examined a wide range of topics. The significance of his work lies not so much in the fact that he was more critical than his contemporaries but in the methodology he used. Whatever be the subject he dealt with he used the inductive analysis in the place of deduction. In his studies on the Indian family, he drew attention to the kinship network of family units instead of considering only their insular attributes of co-residence and commensality which was the valuation prevalent in the West, His enquiries on whether caste should be a basis for recognising backwardness are noteworthy for their rigorous research. He rejected the concept of caste as a unique or an intrinsic or a persistent phenomenon in Indian society. Examining the concepts of sanskritisation and westernisation, I P Desai found that the 'new elite' on the contrary, arises out of an amalgam of the two processes.

Realities of Agrarian Relations in India

Realities of Agrarian Relations in India Ramkrishna Mukherjee Any relationship registers a complementary aspect at a point in time and a contradictory aspect over a period in time. Complement or contradiction in a relational matrix is unilaterally stressed according to one's ideological construct to appraise reality. One aspect of contradiction may also he emphasised at the expense of other related aspects in accordance with one's theoretical orientation.

Social Background of Bangla Desh

Ramkrishna Mukherjee Aryanisation did not come to Bengal till as late as in the fifth century AD, Even then, the people of Bengal went under the Brahminical way of life because of the accompanying economic domination and privileges. The Hindus of Bengal, however, stayed consolidated by their Bengali affiliation and were correspondingly alienated from the Hindus in the rest of India. The bulk of East Bengal, which was riverine, was not easily accessible from the west and it remained distinct in its creeds and cults.

Study of Social Change and Social Development in the Developing Societies

in the 'Developing Societies' Ramkrishna Mukherjee Social change and social development, which were of prime concern to the pioneers of sociology in India, have re-emerged as key concepts in the usefulness of the discipline in contemporary India. Their relevance to the study of all 'developing societies' has also been stressed in recent times.
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