SAGE Publications Ltd
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Sociological Traditions book looks at the sociology of India from two perspectives: first, understanding the cultural traditions of India with special reference to religious and ethical values; and second, exploring the growth of the sociological traditions of India.
Divided in two parts, the book goes beyond mere description of the main religious traditions and looks at the ethical values that are embedded in the religio-secular traditions of India. It also projects the sociological traditions of India as a historical process, a process of growth of sociological knowledge. The basic premise of the discussion is not one dominant cultural tradition but the plurality that characterizes the cultural, religious and value traditions of India, and pluralism that characterizes the sociology of India.
Table of Contents
I: CULTURAL TRADITIONS, SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVES
Indian Secularism in a Post-secular Age
Hinduism: The Book View and the Field View
Islam: The Universal and the Particular
Sikhism: The Sacred and the Secular
Gandhi and Weber: The Work Ethic, Capitalism, and Conscience
II: SOCIOLOGICAL TRADITIONS: EXEMPLARS, INTERPRETERS / D.P. Mukerji: Towards a Sociology of India
M.N. Srinivas: Empericism and Imagination
Louis Dumont: An Alternative Perspective
Contributions to Indian Sociology: Towards Methodological Pluralism
Engagements and Passages: An Exercise in Reflexivity