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India Between Tradition and Modernity

Joanna Kurczewska (Editor) Ishwar Modi (Editor) Janusz Mucha (Editor)

The book is primarily a self-presentation of Indian sociologists and their recent theoretical and empirical research endeavours. Not only it provides an opportunity for diagnosing what Indian sociologists have identified as the most important issues for various social communities, but also helps reproduce the idiomatic interpretation of modernization in the colonial and post-colonial contexts. And, last but not least, it offers a convenient point of departure for reflection on Western Europe and its international role-modelling function.

The book deserves to be read carefully not only because it provides an excellent review of universality, rationality and diversity in post-colonial India but also because it shows that it makes sense to translate the western world of modernization into the categories and images of Indian capitalist modernization. By approaching the determinants, mechanisms and consequences of this translation in contemporary India so comprehensively and insightfully, it directs our attention towards European modernization rationale and helps take stock of European sociological achievements. And, it is particularly valuable for Polish sociology and sociologists to have a better view of the Western European case of translation of capitalist models of transformation vis-a-vis the European context and the global context.

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About the author

Ishwar Modi

Ishwar Modi is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur.

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Bibliographic information

Title India Between Tradition and Modernity
Format Hardcover
Date published: 07.08.2014
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Rawat Publications
Language: English
isbn 9788131606254
length xiv+290p., Illustrations; 22cm.