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Sociology : Essays on Approach and Method

Andre Beteille (Author)
Synopsis For forty years, Andre Beteille taught sociology at the Delhi School of Economics. This collection of essays brings together some of his basic concerns as a teacher and scholar. They include the nature and scope of sociology, and its relations with other disciplines such as anthropology, economics and political science. The book as a whole is animated by a very distinctive conception of sociology as an intellectual pursuit. Two of Beteille’s main concerns are with the comparison of societies and the social significance of tradition. He engages with the ideas of a variety of sociologists ranging from Emile Durkheim and Max Weber to N.K. Bose and M.N. Srinivas, and argues that the study of Indian society has something important to contribute to the development of sociology as a general and comparative discipline. Beteille’s clear and effortless prose will attract the non-specialist reader as well as the specialist. This is an important contribution towards advancing our critical understanding of the social framework within which we live.
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About the author

Andre Beteille

Andre Beteille was a founder-member of the Department of Sociology of the Delhi School of Economics where he was Professor of Sociology till 1999. He has held visiting appointments at Cambridge, the London School of Economics, Erasmus University, Rotterdam and various other institutions in Europe and America. He was also a Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study, Berlin and a Visiting Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities, Edinburgh. He was a Jawaharlal Nehru Fellow from 1968 to 1970, and received the Jawaharlal Nehru National Award of the Government of Madhya Pradesh in 1994. Apart from his newspaper articles, he has published extensively in scholarly periodicals in India and abroad. His books include Caste, Class and Power, Studies in Agrarian Social Structure, Society and Politics in India and Chronicles of Our Time.

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Bibliographic information

Title Sociology : Essays on Approach and Method
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195655540
length viii+286p., 23cm.