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The Village in India

Vandana Madan (Editor)
Synopsis The Indian village has deep roots in history and remains spatially, demographically, ecologically and culturally central to the constitution of society. It also retains its manifold character. The readings comprising this volume, drawn mainly from the work of sociologists and social anthropologists, focus on the second half of the twentieth century. They are arranged under the rubrics of: themes and perspectives; caste, gender and locality; economy; politics; religion; culture and ideology; and development and change. This selection of readings in thus representative of the myriad dimensions of life in village India. The thematic arrangement of the essays and the editor’s introduction for each section, with further readings, make this volume especially valuable. The reader will find here both the analytical frameworks with which to comprehend the complexities of village life, as well as vivid ethnographic vignettes from villages across the country. These frameworks and the relevance of studying the village in India are lucidly discussed in the editor’s general introduction. Madan traces the development of village studies from Dumont to the present, covering important landmarks as well as the less visible shifts in method, approach and discourse. The general introduction is therefore especially useful for students of the social sciences. The Village in India brings together selections from some of the most important works on Indian villages, judiciously blending geographical range with analytical depth. Each essay has been chosen with special attention to readability and accessibility, making the volume an excellent introduction to Indian society in general, and one of its most important components—the village—in particular. Students, specialists and general readers will find here both illumination and pleasure.
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Bibliographic information

Title The Village in India
Author Vandana Madan
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195658205
length x+477p., Maps; 22cm.