ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Contemporary European Scholarship on Political and Social Change in South Asia-An Essay in the Sociology of Knowledge

Western scholarship on political and social change in south Asia has undergone at least three major transformations during the last four decades. It has become conceptually less Eurocentric and more sensitive to regional nhances arid to the internal dynamic of change. It has become less and less 'comparative' in the conventional sense of devoting undue attention to institutional structures, and increasingly aware of political, economic and social forces underlying their functioning or mat-functioning as the case may be. Finally, it has recently started to become more rooted in analysis based on empirical field work and less preoccupied with theories and models for their own sake.

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