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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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