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Anthropology in the East: Founders of Indian Sociology and Anthropology

Nandini Sunder (Editor) Patricia Uberoi (Editor) Satish Deshpande (Editor)
Synopsis Anthropology and sociology have long histories in India. Yet, with the exception of fieldwork experience, there is neither much available on the institutional and material contexts of these disciplines, nor on the practices of pioneering anthropologists and sociologists. The present book fills an important gap. While the sociology of India is not purely national phenomenon (scholars and centers studying Indian exist outside) and while western theories have been important, this book shows that local influences and personalities played a major role in shaping the field. The volume spans a century of life and work, from the late nineteenth to the late twentieth century, and focuses on scholars with varying research trajectories. However, it also shows the threads that bind these scholars: their common concern with nation-building, social reform and the value of science. Combining biography, institutional history, and critical assessment, this book will interest all anthropologists, sociologists, and South Asianists, as well as those interested in intellectual history and biography. 
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About the authors

Nandini Sunder

Nandini Sundar is professor, department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics. She has previously worked at Jawaharlal Nehru University and the Institute of economic growth. Delhi. Her books include Subalterns and Sovereigns: An Anthropological History of Bastar, 1854-1996 (1997).

Patricia Uberoi

Patricia Uberoi is Director of the Institute of Chinese Studies, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi.  She was earlier Professor of Social Change and Development at the Institute of Economic Growth, Delhi.  In addition to her recently published book, Freedom and Destiny: Gender, Family and Popular Culture in India (2006), She has edited Family, Kinship and Marriage in India (1993), Social Reform, Sexuality and the State (1996), Tradition, Pluralism and Identity (co-ed., 1999) and Anthropology in the East: Founders of Indian Anthropology and Sociology (co-ed., 2007).  From 1992 to 2006, she was Co-Editor of Contributions to Indian Sociology.

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Bibliographic information

Title Anthropology in the East: Founders of Indian Sociology and Anthropology
Format Hardcover
Date published: 17.11.2007
Edition 1st ed.
Publisher Permanent Black
Language: English
isbn 9788178241906
length xiv+552p., Tables; Figures; References; Index; 23cm.