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Equality and Universality: Essays in Social and Political Theory

Andre Beteille (Author)
Synopsis Andre Beteille has for close to four decades contributed richly and incisively to the study of equality and inequality. Although based on the Indian experience, his work is animated by a broad comparative perspective. In these essays, he has sought to illuminate the Indian experience through the use of general concepts and methods, while extending those concepts and methods through an examination of the Indian reality. The present collection addresses issues of both social theory and social policy. There are discussions of the contradictions between the ideal of equality and the practice of inequality as well as of the antinomies of equality. Changes in the hierarchical structure of caste are brought to light along with the inequalities that accompany the rise and growth of the middle class. The limits to which a policy of greater equality can be carried are examined, and a case is made for universality, i.e., making certain basic rights and facilities universally available to all, irrespective of individual merit or need. The essays are written in a style that is both lucid and authoritative and will be of interest to teachers, and students of sociology, social anthropology, and politics as also other social sciences. Civil servants and policy makers, lawyers, journalists and others with a general interest in society and politics in India will also find this book equally useful.
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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 Equality and Universality: Essays in Social and Political Theory
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2003
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 0195662601
length x+269p., 23cm.