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

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Sociological Research in India-The State of Crisis

Sociological Research in India The State of Crisis RESEARCH in any field is sustained over a period of time not by the brilliance of a few outstanding scholars but by the patient building up of competence in the average researcher. What Thomas Kuhn called 'normal science' provides the backbone of research in any subject. While students cannot be trained to do brilliant research they can and must be trained to do competent research. One cannot plan for paradigmatic shifts in a discipline. When these occur they are, by definition, unpredictable. A result of the imaginative flights taken by unfettered minds these paradigmatic shifts are to be celebrated but they cannot be methodically replicated. What is a cause for dismay in the field of sociological research in India is not so much the lack of brilliance as the lack of competence.

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