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This book is a comprehensive study of historical sociology and its development, especially in the Indian context. It looks at the works of Indian sociologists and analyses their approaches in terms of book-view (normative) and field-view (descriptive) history. The volume:
• critically appraises reports of empirical surveys conducted during early colonial rule — including those by H. T. Colebrooke, Francis Buchanan, William Adam;
• engages with the works of sociologists such as M. N. Srinivas, Ramkrishna Mukherjee, Louis Dumont, Nicholas Dirks, Bernard Cohn, Yogendra Singh, D. N. Dhanagare, A. M Shah, T. K. Oommen, among others; and
• shows how historical perspective has been adopted in understanding aspects of Indian society — villages, castes, traditions, socio-cultural change, education, peasants and their movements, etc.
Presenting an alternative idea of social reality, this book will deeply interest students and scholars of sociology, social theory, and social history.
This book is a comprehensive study of historical sociology and its development, especially in the Indian context. The volume studies around two centuries of sociological thought in India and demonstrates how historical sources add a different dimension to the understanding of social reality.