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Antinomies of Society: Essays on Ideologies and Institutions

Andre Beteille (Author)
Synopsis This volume brings together the author’s recent essays on institutions, civil society, and democracy written from a comparative perspective but with India at the centre of attention. The essays are devoted to changing norms and values and emphasize their inherent tensions, oppositions, and contradictions. In exploring the stresses and strains of Indian democracy, Beteille exposes the disjunction between political ideals and social constraints. He connects seemingly disparate elements of public life, examining the agenda India set itself at independence and the obstacles that hinder its achievement. Beteille discusses, Marxism, nationalism, and secularism, along with the university, the civil service and other major institutions. The book is for those interested in contemporary society and public affairs, students and teachers of sociology, social anthropology, political science, and social philosophy.
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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 Antinomies of Society: Essays on Ideologies and Institutions
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition Reprint
Language: English
isbn 0195663187
length x+297p., 23cm.