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

Articles By Sociology

The Marching Millions

A critique of the century-long history of Indian sociology examines contemporary disciplinary practices in relation to its increasing embrace of what it calls the diasporic forms of knowledge production and dissemination. It brings out the debilitating implications of such an overdependence on the global recognition of our scholarly endeavours. While drawing on the introspective legacy of the discipline, it enjoins students of Indian sociology to reflect on the current state of the discipline with a view to reinvigorate it with empirically grounded works of lasting value. It makes a plea for the contextual and empirically grounded development of sociological theories and the discipline.

A Critique of Non-Marxist Caste Studies

Caste as a system of Brahminical ideas derived from Hinduism in isolation from material conditions and history, a view common to non-Marxist caste studies, is a mystification. The Marxist view of caste as a social relation of production rooted in economic, political, and cultural conditions specific to time and space is a demystification. Neither the theory of caste nor the praxis of its annihilation, which was Ambedkar’s dream, is conceivable outside Marxism.

Understanding Gail Omvedt’s Anti-caste and Feminist Research Methodology

Gail Omvedt has published more than 50 articles in EPW. This includes sharp book reviews, innovative research work and critical responses to articles published in the journal. After her death, EPW published reflective articles to understand her contributions. To take this a step further, and to commemorate her legacy, we felt that it could be useful to take a behind-the-scenes look at her research process, how her work is taught within a classroom setting and critical reflections about her scholarship. 

Surviving Debt and Survival Debt in Times of Lockdown

This research has been made possible due to the financial support of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), through the COVINDIA project, which combines food distribution to villagers and a survey of villagers’ survival tactics and strategies. For more details, see https://odriis.hypotheses.org/projects#covindia. We sincerely thank Barbara Harriss-White, Judith Heyer, Solène Morvant-Roux, and Jean-Michel Servet for their helpful comments on an earlier draft.