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Pluralism, Equality and Identity: Comparative Studies

 
T.K. Oommen (Editor)
Synopsis Should the near-unquestioned ideal of equality necessarily create the ground for greater and greater cultural homogeneity? Oommen argues for ‘pluralism’—a positive value-orientation to cultural heterogeneity, in keeping with the spirit of democracy. He casts his net wide—this collection of essays concerns issues of seminal importance in understanding the modern world. Oommen recognizes that modernity has created sharp cleavages; that, in fact, not homogeneity but a more restless, intolerant heterogeneity is emerging. He explores the importance of identity-conferring differences, and primordial allegiances that are often recalcitrant. A rich and diverse collection of empirical data from across the world is presented, and analysed with reference to history and classical and contemporary social and political theory. These issues, of concern to any thinking person, are discussed by Oommen with clarity and precision. This book will be especially useful to scholars of sociology, political science and cultural studies.
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About the author

T.K. Oommen

Prof. T.K. Oommen is an eminent Social Scientist and so far the only scholar from Asia and Africa to have been elected to the position of President (1990-94), International Sociological Association (ISA), a fifty-year old UNESCO-sponsored world body of Sociologists. He was the Secretary-General of the XI World Congress of Sociology, the quadrennial Congress of the ISA, held in New Delhi in 1986. Pro. Oommen was also the President of the Indian Sociological Society during 1998-1999. Prof. Oommen authored/edited 18 books and over 100 research papers in top professional journals, both Indian and international. His recent books include: Citizenship, Nationality and Ethnicity, Polity Press, Cambridge, 1997; Equality, Identity and Pluralism, Oxford University Press, 2002; and Nation, Civil Society and Social Movements, Sage Publication, 2004. He has been given three prestigious awards-the V.K.R.V. Rao prize in Sociology (1981); the G.S. Ghurye award in Sociology and Social Anthropology (1985) and the Swami Pranavananda Award for Sociology (1997) in recognition of his professional contributions. An internationally reputed scholar, Prof. Oommen was invited to be a visiting Professor/Fellow at: Department of Sociology, University of California Berkeley (U.S.A.), Fall 1990; Maison des Sciences de L'homme, Paris (France), June-July 1992; Wissenshaftszentrum Berlin, May-July 1993 and June 1994; Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, December 1993; institute of Advanced Studies, Bdapest, Hungary, October 1994-July 1995; Institute of Advanced Studies, Uppsala, Sweden, January-June 1998. Professor Oommen started his academic career in 1964 as a faculty member of Delhi University, joined Jawaharlal Nehru University as Associate Professor in 1971. He became a full Professor in 1976 and retired from JNU in October 2002. At present Professor Oommen is Chair, Non-traditional Security, Delhi Policy group; Chair, Schumacher Centre, Delhi; Chair, Programme Advisory Group, Gujarat Harmony Project, CARE India, New Delhi and President, Forum for India and European Union.

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Bibliographic information

Title Pluralism, Equality and Identity: Comparative Studies
Author T.K. Oommen
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195657764
length viii+189p., Tables; 23cm.