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Interrogating India's ModernityDemocracy, Identity, and Citizenship$
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Surinder Jodhka

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780198092070

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198092070.001.0001

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Modernity, Identity, and Citizenship—Dipankar Gupta and Sociology of India

(p.1) Introduction
Interrogating India's Modernity

Surinder S. Jodhka

Oxford University Press

The introductory chapter has three parts. In the first part it provides a context to the scholarship of Dipankar Gupta and situates his work in the larger history of the discipline of sociology in India. It argues that the scholarship of Dipankar Gupta provides a representative account of the academic responses to the turmoil and travails of contemporary India, its attempts at modernization of its social, economic, and political life, and the conflicting outcomes of these processes. The second part provides an overview of Gupta’s work and a brief introduction to his contributions to our understanding of the questions of (a) ethnicity; (b) caste and stratification; and (c) rural and agrarian change. The third part gives a brief introduction to the essays present in the volume.

Keywords:   Dipankar Gupta, scholarship, contemporary India, modernization, ethnicity, caste and stratification, history of sociology in India

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