Contemporary India: A Sociological View

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Viking, 2003 - Caste - 213 pages
Globalization, hindutva, and tha Mandal agitation have transformed our social landscape over the last two decades and confronted us with new problems and possibilities. This book seeks to critically re examine what popular common sense tells us about these and other contemporary concerns. Grounded in sociology but drawing upon recent developments, the author analyses five themes, the strange mixture of anxiety and ambivilance that modernity provokes in India, the shaping of the nation by the ideologies of hindutva and development, the pivotal role of the middle class, the relative invisibility of caste inequality and the uneven impact of globalization.

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Mapping a Distinctive Modernity 25
The Nation as an Imagined Economy
Hindutva and its Spatial Strategies

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