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Indigenous Social Science Project-Some Political Implications

Indigenous Social Science Project Some Political Implications Sarah Joseph THE notion of an indigenous social science, or sciences, which could serve as a successor science to Western, 'mainstream' social science with regard to the study of Indian reality at least, is one which has a natural appeal in contemporary India. Given the state of the social sciences in India and the fact that, with a few honourable exceptions, Indian social scientists have been able to make only a marginal contribution to the development of their disciplines, it is not surprising that the notion of an indigenous social science has gained many supporters. It is felt that an Indian social science would be more 'authentic' and relevant and would give greater scope for creativity and originality. It was probably in sociology that the debate regarding a social science for India was first inaugurated but subsequently many philosophers and social scientists have asserted their support for the project and it has been the subject of seminars and campaigns in the press.1 However, much of the support which the project has received has been of a gut level kind and there has been little critical examination of the political and theoretical issues raised by the notion of an indigenous social science. It is some of these issues which will be examined in this paper.

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