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Rural Sociology in India

Fifth Edition
  • A. R. Desai - Late of Head of Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai


August 2019 | 900 pages | SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd

Over the years, this historic work, which provides a comprehensive picture of the emergence of rural society in India, has become a classic text. With greater emphasis being placed on rural development for the transformation of the life and conditions of the rural populace, the study of rural society is gaining importance not only among the sociologists and economists but also among the administrators, policy makers and politicians.

Rural Sociology in India attempts to present in one volume significant writings from the large body of literature on various aspects of Indian rural society. It discusses the multiple viewpoints of the diverse methods and techniques adopted to study the different domains of rural society, portraying its multi-sided and complex nature. This book provides the crucial theoretical projection about the future of not merely the agrarian social order, but also that of the underdeveloped countries as a whole. The readings chosen in this volume will help students to understand the diverse aspects of Indian rural life and stimulate their interest to undertake further studies on this subject.

With contributions from B. Subbarao, O. H. K. Spate, N. K. Bose, Daniel Thorner, K. S. Shelvankar, D. D. Kosambi, D. Chattopadhyay, A. S. Altekar, H. D. Malaviya, Ramkrishna Mukherjee, Irawati Karve, Shanti Bhushan Nandi, D. S. Tyagi, Martin Orans, Surajit Sinha, G. S. Ghurye, S. M. Shah, Sulekh Chandra Gupta, Nirmal Kumar Bose, D. R. Gadgil, Uday Mehta, E. Kathleen Cough, Bernard S. Cohn, Y. B. Damle, D. N. Majumdar, Hamza Alavi, P. S. Sanghvi, V. M. Dandekar, O. J. Kundanpur, M. B. Desai, A. M. Khusro, P. C. Joshi, Arun Chandra Guha, Hugh Gray, P. K. Chaudhari, Yogendra Singh, S. Thirumalai, Acharya Vinoba Bhave, C. G. Shah, Manmohan Choudhuri, T. K. Oommen, B. T. Ranadive, David O. Mandelbaum, J. N. Majumdar, O. R. Gadgil, Myron Weiner, Lucio Mendieta Y. Núñez , M. N. Srinivas, S.C. Dube, Yogesh Atal, M. L. Dantwala, Surendra J. Patel, W. F. Wertheim, Paul A. Baran and Ernest Germain.

Key Features:

• Draws an outline of the design of living that has emerged in rural India. 

• Attempts to focus the attention on the need of a sociological perspective in studying rural life. 

• Valuable contribution from eminent scholars like Prof. Wertheim, Ernest Germain, Late Prof. Baran, Prof. Surendra Patel and others. 

• As per the UGC model curriculum, this book is an essential read for the core papers of Sociology and social work. 

 
Preface to the Fifth Edition
 
Preface to the Fourth Edition
 
Acknowledgements
 
PART I-INTRODUCTION TO RURAL SOCIOLOGY IN INDIA
 
Study of Rural Sociology in India
 
Rural Sociology, its Origin and Scope
 
Rural-Urban Differences
 
Village, its History
 
Regional Approach to Rural Society
 
Rural People
 
Economic Life of the Rural People
 
Rural Family
 
Caste System in Rural India
 
Political Life of the Rural People
 
Rural Religion
 
Rural Education
 
Aesthetic Culture of the Rural People
 
Changing Rural World
 
Rural Sociology, a Guide to Rural Reconstruction
 
Conclusion
 
PART II-READINGS IN RURAL SOCIOLOGY
 
Introductory
Sociological Analysis of India A. R. Desai  
Sociological Problems of Economic Development A. R. Desai  
 
SECTION II: REGIONAL
Geographical Factors in Indian History B. Subbarao  
Diversity and Unity in the Subcontinent O. H. K. Spate  
Unity in Indian Diversity N. K. Bose  
Demarcation of Agrarian Regions of India: Some Suggestions for Further Study Daniel Thorner  
 
SECTION III: HISTOR ICAL
The Unity of India K. S. Shelvankar  
Indian Feudalism D. D. Kosambi  
Indian Feudalism: Its Characteristics K. S. Shelvankar  
Village Communities D. Chattopadhyay  
 
SECTION IV: INDIAN VILLAGE COMMUN ITY
Teachings of History A. S. Altekar  
Village Communities in India: A Historical Outline H. D. Malaviya  
The Social Organism Ramkrishna Mukherjee  
Victory of Village D. D. Kosambi  
 
(ii) Ecological
The Indian Village Irawati Karve  
The Indian Village O. H. K. Spate  
Social Structure and Change in Indian Peasant Communities S. C. Dube  
Forms of Villages Santibhushan Nandi and D. S. Tyagi  
 
SECTION V: TRIBES IN TRANSITION
Tribes in Transition A. R. Desai  
Tribal People in an Industrial Setting Martin Orans  
Tribal Cultures of Peninsular India as a Dimension of the Little Tradition: A Preliminary Statement Surajit Sinha  
Appraisal G. S. Ghurye  
 
SECTION VI: RUR AL STRATIFICATION
Agrarian Stratification in India- From Report of Agricultural Labour Enquiry  
Rural Class Structure in West Bengal Ramkrishna Mukherjee  
Rural Class Structure in Gujarat S. M. Shah  
Some Aspects of Indian Agriculture Sulekh Chandra Gupta  
Some Aspects of Caste in West Bengal Nirmal Kumar Bose  
Maliks and Moneylenders: Their Role Daniel Thorner  
Two Powerful Classes in Agrarian Areas D. R. Gadgil  
The Problems of the Marginal Farmers in Indian Agriculture Uday Mehta  
 
SECTION VII: RUR AL INDIA GLIMPSES
Social Drama in a Tanjore Village E. Kathleen Gough  
The Changing Status of a Depressed Caste Bernard S. Cohn  
Changes in Social Life in a Gujarat Village: A Comparative Study (1915–1955)- From Indian Institute of Agricultural Economics Publication  
Madhopur Revisited Bernard S. Cohn  
Communication of Modern Ideas and Knowledge in Indian Villages Y. B. Damle  
 
SECTION VIII: AGRARIAN UNR EST
Indian Kisan: Their Principal Movements before Independence A. R. Desai  
Agrarian Unrest after Independence H. D. Malaviya  
Inter-Caste Tensions D. N. Majumdar and Others  
Panchayats and Village Conflicts H. D. Malaviya  
Peasants and Revolution Hamza Alavi  
 
SECTION IX: LAND REFOR MS
Impact of Land Reforms in Baroda District V. V. Kolhatkar and S. B. Mahabal  
Critical Evaluation of Tenancy Policy of the Saurashtra Government P. S. Sanghvi  
Effect of Tenancy Act in Maharashtra V. M. Dandekar and O. J. Khudanpur  
Impact of Land Reforms in Gujarat M. B. Desai  
On Land Reforms A. M. Khusro  
Land Reforms in India P. C. Joshi  
Land Reforms Daniel Thorner  
 
SECTION X: COO PERATION : RUR AL INDUSTRIES AND VILLAGE INSTITUTION S
 
(i) Cooperation
Cooperation as a Remedy Arun Chandra Guha  
Village Cooperatives: An Analysis of Their Failure- From the General Report of the Committee of Direction of the All India Rural Credit Survey  
Context for Cooperatives in Rural India Daniel Thorner  
 
(ii) Rural Industries
Rural Industries  
From Report of the Team for the Study of Community Projects and N.E.S.  
Difficulties Confronting Cottage Industries  
From the General Report of the Committee of Direction of the All India Rural Credit Survey  
 
(iii) Problems of Administration
Problems of Administration  
From the General Report of the Committee of Direction of the All India Rural Credit Survey  
Inappropriate Village Institutions  
From the General Report of the Committee of Direction of the All India Rural Credit Survey  
 
Secti on XI: PANCHAYATI RAJ
The Problem Hugh Gray  
Panchayati Raj in Action: A Study of Rajasthan P. K. Chaudhari  
Structure of Panchayats  
From a Study of Panchayats Programme Evaluation Organisation: Planning Commission  
Social Structure and Village Panchayats Yogendra Singh  
The Impact of the Panchayati Raj on Rural India Uday Mehta  
 
Section XII: COMMUN ITY DEVELOPMENT PRO JECTS
Historical Survey S. Thirumalai  
Community Development Projects: An Evaluation  
From Evaluation Report on Working of Community Projects and N.E.S.  
Community Development Projects: A Sociological Analysis A. R. Desai  
Community Development: A Critical Review S. C. Dube  
 
Section XIII: BHOO DAN AND GRAMDAN MOVEMENTS
Bhoodan Yagna Acharya Vinoba Bhave  
Bhoodan: Its Evaluation Daniel Thorner  
Sampattidan and Bhoodan Movement C. G. Shah  
The Gramdan Movement Manmohan Choudhuri  
Myth and Reality in India’s Communitarian Villages T. K. Oommen  
Sarvodaya B. T. Ranadive  
 
SECTION XIV: RUR AL SOCIETY IN TRANSITION
Trends in Rural Change S. Thirumalai  
Social Organisation and Planned Culture Change in India David G. Mandelbaum  
Fluidity of Status Structure in India D. N. Majumdar  
Organisation of Agricultural Production D. R. Gadgil  
The Changing Power Structure of Village Community: A Case Study of Six Villages in Eastern Up Yogendra Singh  
Political Leadership in West Bengal: The Implications of Its Changing Patterns for Economic Planning Myron Weiner  
Village Politics in Kerala E. Kathleen Gough  
Impact of Governmental Measures on Rural Society A. R. Desai  
Changes in Agrarian Organisation Lucio Mendieta Y. Núñez  
 
SECTION XV: VILLAGE STUDIES IN INDIA
Village Studies and Their Significance M. N. Srinivas  
The Study of Indian Village Communities S. C. Dube  
Rural Studies: Indian Village Yogesh Atal  
On ‘Village Studies’ in India Ramkrishna Mukherjee  
 
SECTION XVI: THEOR IES OF AGRARIAN DEVELOPMENT
Agriculture in a Developing Economy: The Indian Experience M. L. Dantwala  
Reflections on New Strategy for Agricultural Development V. M. Dandekar  
The Strategy of Agricultural Advance Surendra J. Patel  
Reliance on Rich Farmers for Development: Its Implications A. R. Desai  
Betting on the Strong W. F. Wertheim  
The Political Economy of Backwardness Paul A. Baran  
The Crisis of Growth of the Colonial and Semi-colonial Countries  
The Industrialisation of Backward Countries Ernest Germain  
The Colonial Revolution  
A Sociological Approach to the Problems of Underdevelopment W. F. Wertheim  
Bibliography  
Index  

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