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Modernity in Indian Social Theory

A Raghuramaraju


Indian society is extremely complex, particularly in the twentieth century. However, this complexity has not been captured by Indian social theory. One reason is the theoretical burden caused by historical events such as colonialism, which incidentally brought modernity to India. Western modernity is mainly normative, and its norms include the concept of autonomous individual, freedom, and instrumental rationality. This normative project is sought to be ruthlessly implemented through modern programmes of secularism, nationalism, urbanization, and industrialization where the pre-modern is sough ... More

Keywords: India, society, social theory, modernity, nationalism, secularism, Dalits, Gopal Guru, Partha Chatterjee, Javeed Alam

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Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780198070122
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198070122.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

A Raghuramaraju, editor
Professor, Department of Philosophy, University of Hyderabad

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1 Nationalism

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2 Secularism

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3 The Lived Dalit Experience

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4 Internal Criticism

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5 Reading Rajas and Tamas

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