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Nurture of Family

Shards of Memory: Woven Lives in Four Generations by Parita Mukta; Waidenfeld and Nicholson, London, 2002; pp 214, £ 16.99.

VHP's Changing Agenda

Vishva Hindu Parishad and Indian Politics by Manjari Katju; Orient Longman, Hyderabad, 2003; pp viii + 186, Rs 350.

In Defence of Pluralism

Pluralism, Equality and Identity: Comparative Studies by T K Oommen; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2002; pp 189, Rs 475.

Plagiarism in Physics: Time for Introspection

Using the recent 'scandal' about an instance of plagiarism in physics involving the vice-chancellor of Kumaon University and his student, to a discussion on the larger sociological issues in the culture of science arguing that the issue of plagiarism concerns not just the scientific community but the entire academic community.

The Widow in the Novel

The Hindu Widow in Indian Literature by Rajul Sogani; Oxford University Press, New Delhi, 2002; pp ix + 265, Rs 525

Understanding Social Processes and Institutions

 Essays on Approach and Method by Andre Beteille; Oxford University Press, Delhi, 2001; pp 288, $ 13.

Excesses of the Intellect?

The Reckless Mind: Intellectuals in Politics by Mark Lilla; New York Review of Books; pp 216, $ 24.95.

View from the Margins

Sociology has a major role to play in making sense of contemporary educational transformations, changes effecting women's lives and relating these to the processes of social, economic and cultural changes in the wider society. This article looks at educational processes and outcomes within economic and social transformations and locates gender within the field of sociology.

Persisting Questions

Persisting Questions Social Movements, Old and New: A Post-modernist Critique by Rajendra Singh; Sage Publications, 2001; pp 367, Rs 550 (hardcover).

Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002)

Pierre Bourdieu, the sociologist who died in Paris in January, had built up a rigorous and profoundly innovative body of work by breaking down the conventional frontiers between sociology, anthropology and history.

Short Story in Gujarati Dalit Literature

This essay outlines the historical circumstances that produced Gujarati dalit literature and locates the short story within that tradition. A 'content analysis' of select dalit short stories is provided to acquaint the reader with some of the dominant and not-so-dominant themes recurring in them. Drawing on dalit sociology, the author highlights inequalities and anomalies of representation as they criss-cross with literary narratives and also demonstrates how dealing with them will require a readjustment of the dalit aesthetic.

Hannah Arendt and the Problem of Our Age

The moment we stop asking questions or are killed for asking them a new kind of history writing takes place. And it is here that the works of three Jewish thinkers, Hannah Arendt, Martin Buber and Simone Weil, become significant. The connecting thread between them is their struggle for freedom in circumstances which were devoid of human reason. They dealt with violence and injustice in ways which were deeply rational and humane.

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