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Sociology of Marginalized Communities and Weaker Sections in India

Sociology of Marginalized Communities and Weaker Sections in India

  • Nadeem Hasnain - Former Professor, Social Anthropology, University of Lucknow; Fulbright ‘Scholar in Residence’; Senior Fellow, Indian Council of Social Science Research
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August 2021 | 316 pages | SAGE Texts
First-ever textbook dealing with the marginalized communities and weaker sections of the Indian society through historical and contemporary societal perspectives.

Marginalized and weaker sections of India such as scheduled castes, OBCs and scheduled tribes, and minorities -- linguistic, religious and sexual -- have been studied under different disciplines over the years, especially sociology, social anthropology, social work and political science. This book comprehensively brings together the major findings and debates around all the marginalized, socially excluded and weaker sections of the Indian society. Starting from the issues of definition and conceptualization, it goes on to provide various strands of their society, culture, problems and the role of the State. It provides historical perspective backed by the contemporary situation and emerging social changes among these communities. Written in a lucid manner, the textbook aims to reach and impact readers who may not have prior academic exposure to this subject area.

Key Features:

• Adopts interdisciplinary approach for the benefits of the students of sociology, anthropology, social work and political science

• Offers clear and accessible analysis of theories, concepts and issues involved

• Includes latest research and empirical studies supplemented by a variety of relevant opinions and debates
SECTION A. Scheduled Castes
Scheduled Castes: Historical and Societal Perspectives
Equal by Law, Unequal by Caste: Scheduled Castes, Indian State and Constitution
Dalit Movements, Dalit Consciousness, Dalit Assertion and Dalit Politics
OBCs: Different Dimensions
OBCs in Post-Independence Period: Constitution and the Role of Indian State
Backward Classes Movement, Issues of Assertion and Politics
Scheduled Castes: Some Other Facets
Dalit Women
Impact of Globalization on Dalit and Tribal Communities
SECTION B. Scheduled Tribes
Scheduled Tribes
Major Problems and Related Issues
Constitution, Legal Measures and Beyond
Tribal Movements
Scheduled Tribes: Some Other Facets
Tribal Women: Liberated with Restrictions
Impact of Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity and Islam on Tribal Societies
Indigenous Knowledge System and Its Preservation
SECTION C. Minorities
Linguistic Minorities
Religions and Religious Minorities
Sexual Minorities: Different Sexual Orientations
Minorities: Some Other Facets
Muslims Women
Polygamy and Population Growth
Muslim Personal Law versus Uniform
Common Civil Code
Annexure A. National Forest Policy, 1988
Annexure B. Summary of Forest Rights Act, 2006
Annexure C. Facts about Panchayat (Extension of Scheduled Areas) Act, 1996
Annexure D. The Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013
Annexure E. Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019
Annexure F. Constitutionality of Section 377 IPC: Summary of Judgment Regarding LGBTQ Rights


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ISBN: 9789391370114