Social Science Research in India and the World


Author: R. K. Mishra,Jayasree Raveendran,K. N. Jehangir
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317408926
Category: Social Science
Page: 218
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A unique and comprehensive study on social science research, this book highlights the status, issues, roadblocks and challenges of the field in India and certain select nations of the world. It conducts key cross-comparisons with existing literature in the area, and discusses aid policies and decisions, funding dynamics and quality of research as well as assessment systems in social science research.

World Social Science Report 2010

Knowledge Divides
Author: United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
Publisher: UNESCO
ISBN: 9231041312
Category: Social Science
Page: 444
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Social science from Western countries continues to have the greatest global influence, but the field is expanding rapidly in Asia and Latin America, particularly in China and Brazil. In sub-Saharan Africa, social scientists from South Africa, Nigeria andKenya produce 75% of academic publications. In South Asia, barring some centres of excellence in India, social sciences as a whole have low priority. These are a few of the findings from World Social Science Report, 2010: Knowledge divides. Produced by the International Social Science Council (ISSC) and co-published with UNESCO, the Report is the first comprehensive overview of the field in over a decade. Hundreds of social scientists from around the world contributed their expertise to the publication. Gudmund Hernes, President of the ISSC, Adebayo Olukoshi, Director of the United Nations African Institute for Economic Development and Planning (IDEP), Hebe Vessuri, Director, Venezuelan Institute for Scientific Research (IVIC), and François Héran, Director of Research, National Institute for Demographic Studies (INED), France, are among the experts who presented the Report during its official launch at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 25 June 2010.

Globalisation and Governance in India

New Challenges to Society and Institutions
Author: Harihar Bhattacharyya,Lion König
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1317526384
Category: Social Science
Page: 188
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This book examines the impact of globalization on some vital aspects of Indian politics, its structures and processes, and identifies the challenges to globalization itself, in order to highlight India’s complex and fascinating story. In 1991, India officially embraced the policy of neo-liberal reforms by signing the GATT agreement, which exposed the country, its society, culture and institutions to the various forces of globalization. Globalization as such may not be new to India, for the country has been embracing the influence of external cultures and civilisations for millennia, but the post-1991 reforms policy marked a significant shift, from a predominantly social welfare state and a command economy to a predominantly market driven one. Through a range of disciplinary perspectives, the authors analyse how India’s version of secularism, communal harmony, nationhood, the public sphere, social justice, and the rights of aboriginal communities came under attack from the forces of the new dispensation. The book goes on to show how globalisation in India has posed fresh challenges to political economy, democracy, federalism, decentralization, parliamentary system, judiciary, and the parliamentary Left. Critically reflecting on themes in the context of India’s globalisation that are local, regional, national and global, this book will be of interest to those in the fields of South Asian Politics, Globalisation, and International Relations.

Structure and Change in Indian Society


Author: Milton B. Singer,Bernard S. Cohn
Publisher: Transaction Publishers
ISBN: 9780202369334
Category: History
Page: 507
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Recent theoretical and methodological innovations in the anthropological analysis of South Asian societies have introduced distinctive modifications in the study of Indian social structure and social change. This book, reporting on twenty empirical studies of Indian society conducted by outstanding scholars, reflects these trends not only with reference to Indian society itself, but also in terms of the relevance of such trends to an understanding of social change more generally. The contributors demonstrate the adaptive changes experienced by the studied groups in particular villages, towns, cities, and regions. The authors view the basic social units of joint family, caste, and village not as structural isolates, but as intimately connected with one another and with other social units through social and cultural networks of various kinds that incorporate the social units into the complex structure of Indian civilization. Within this broadened conception of social structure, these studies trace the changing relations of politics, economics, law, and language to the caste system. Showing that the caste system is dynamic, with upward and downward mobility characterizing it from pre-British times to the present, the studies suggest that the modernizing forces which entered the system since independence--parliamentary democracy, universal suffrage, land reforms, modern education, urbanization, and industrial technology--provided new opportunities and paths to upward mobility, but did not radically alter the system. The chapters in this book show that the study of Indian society reveals novel forms of social structure change. They introduce methods and theories that may well encourage social scientists to extend the study of change in Indian society to the study of change in other areas. Milton Singer (1912-1994) was Paul Klapper Professor of Social Sciences and professor of anthropology at the University of Chicago. He was a fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences. He was also chosen as a distinguished lecturer by the American Anthropological Association and was the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award of the Association for Asian Studies. Bernard S. Cohn (1918-2003) was Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Chicago. He was widely known for his work on India during the British colonial period and wrote many books on the subject of India including India: The Social Anthropology of a Civilization (1971), An Anthropologist among the Historians and Other Essays (1987), and Colonialism and its Forms of Knowledge (1996).

Social Science Research in India

Status, Issues, and Policies
Author: Sukhadeo Thorat,Samar Verma,Senior Program Specialist Samar Verma
Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
ISBN: 9780199474417
Category:
Page: 656
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Social science research has a vital role in enriching societies, by generating scientific knowledge that brings insights-even enlightenment-in understanding the dynamics of human behaviour and development. For social sciences to realize their potential in shaping public policy, it is imperative that the research ecosystem is dynamic and vibrant; the institutions governing it are robust and effective; and those producing quality research are strong and well governed. This volume elaborates on various dimensions of social science research in India, presenting a strong case for designing a comprehensive national social science policy which can meaningfully strengthen and promote a research ecosystem for improved public policymaking in the country. Addressing issues like lack of funding, availability of data, infrastructure, and quality of research output, it will serve as a national benchmark and reference database for social sciences in India.

Banking, Bureaucracy, and Social Networks

Scheduled Castes in the Process of Development
Author: Jagdish Kumar Pundir
Publisher: Sarup & Sons
ISBN: 9788176250245
Category: Banks and banking
Page: 190
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With reference to a study conducted at Meerut District in Uttar Pradesh, India.

The Structure of Indian Society

Then and Now
Author: A. M. Shah
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136197702
Category: Social Science
Page: 252
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This book has a collection of ten articles written during 1982–2007 and an exhaustive introduction on the structural features of Indian society, that is, the enduring social groups, institutions and processes, such as caste, tribe, sect, rural-urban relations, etc. The book views Indian society in contemporary as well as historical perspective, based on a wealth of field research as well as archival material. The book focuses on the significance of village studies in transforming the understanding of Indian society and also shows how urban centres have been useful in shaping society. Taking a critical look at the prevailing thinking on various structures and institutions, the author uses insights derived from his comprehensive studies of kinship, marriage, religion, and grassroots politics in advancing their studies. He points out the strengths and weaknesses of these structures and institutions and the direction in which they are changing with respect to modern time. As against the overwhelming emphasis on the hierarchical dimension of caste, this book focuses on its horizontal dimension, that is, every caste’s population spread over villages and towns in an area, its internal organization and differentiation based on networks of kinship, marriage, patron-client relationship, and role of endogamy versus hypergamy in maintaining its boundaries. The tribes are also seen in the same perspective, emphasizing the tribe-caste homology. Finally, the book provides information on important issues like policy of reservations, the reliability of censuses and surveys of castes and tribes, removal of untouchability, growth of organized religion and secularization.

India, Some Aspects of Economic and Social Development

The CESS Silver Jubilee Lectures
Author: S. Mahendra Dev,K. S. Babu
Publisher: Academic Foundation
ISBN: 9788171886289
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 316
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Lectures delivered during 2005-06 at Hyderabad by eminent scholars; some were revised.

Sociological Methods and Techniques


Author: Rajendra Kumar Sharma
Publisher: Atlantic Publishers & Dist
ISBN: 9788171567096
Category: Social sciences
Page: 448
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This Book Covers The Syllabi Prescribed By Indian Universities At Undergraduate And Postgraduate Level In Sociology In The Paper Concerned With Sociological Methods And Techniques, Social Survey And Research. After Analysing The Nature Of Sociology And Social Phenomena; Fact, Theory And Concept, The Book Describes, Discusses And Evaluates Sociological Data; Social Research; Historical Method And Techniques Of Sociological Research Including Observation; Experiment; Case Study; Social Survey; Mailed Questionnaire; The Schedule; Rating Scales And Sociometry And Calling Interview. In Social Research Separate Chapters Have Been Devoted To Identification Of Problem Of Research; Review Of Related Literature; Formulation Of Hypothesis; Research Design And Investigation; Sampling And Census Investigation. In The End, There Are Chapters On Content Analysis; Formulation Of Generalisations; Objectivity In Social Research; The Research Report; Inter-Disciplinary Approach; Social Research, Survey And Book-Keeping In India And Statistics In Sociology. While Each Chapter Has Been Written In An Analytical Style, Matter Has Been Drawn From Standard Books. Questions Actually Asked In University Examinations Have Been Given At The End Of Each Chapter For Exercise For Examinations. An Attempt Has Been Made To Use Simple Language Avoiding Technical Jargon As Much As Possible. Tables And Figures Have Been Used To Facilitate Understanding. Thus, The Author Has Left No Stone Unturned To Make This Book An Ideal Textbook For The Students And Reference Work For The Teachers.

Science in India

Institution-building and the Organizational System for Research & Development
Author: Ward Morehouse
Publisher: Popular Prakashan
ISBN: 9788171545018
Category: Economic history
Page: 144
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The Family in India

Structure and Practice
Author: Tulsi Patel
Publisher: SAGE
ISBN: 9780761933892
Category: Family & Relationships
Page: 310
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This volume brings together seminal essays which examine the meaning, forms and trajectory of the Indian family, and which go beyond the stereotypical joint/nuclear dichotomy that tends to dominate studies on the family. Using various methodological, conceptual and analytical tools, the essays cover both patrilineal and matrilineal family forms in different regions of India, and cover a wide range of historical and social situations. This book is one of the Indian Sociological Society: Golden Jubilee Volumes.

Dimensions of social change in India


Author: Mysore Narasimhachar Srinivas,Institute for Social and Economic Change,Indian Council of Social Science Research,Indian Institute of Advanced Study
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 518
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Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences


Author: Linda George,Kenneth Ferraro
Publisher: Academic Press
ISBN: 0124172857
Category: Psychology
Page: 552
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Handbook of Aging and the Social Sciences, Eighth Edition, presents the extraordinary growth of research on aging individuals, populations, and the dynamic culmination of the life course, providing a comprehensive synthesis and review of the latest research findings in the social sciences of aging. As the complexities of population dynamics, cohort succession, and policy changes modify the world and its inhabitants in ways that must be vigilantly monitored so that aging research remains relevant and accurate, this completely revised edition not only includes the foundational, classic themes of aging research, but also a rich array of emerging topics and perspectives that advance the field in exciting ways. New topics include families, immigration, social factors, and cognition, caregiving, neighborhoods, and built environments, natural disasters, religion and health, and sexual behavior, amongst others. Covers the key areas in sociological gerontology research in one volume, with an 80% update of the material Headed up by returning editor Linda K. George, and new editor Kenneth Ferraro, highly respected voices and researchers within the sociology of aging discipline Assists basic researchers in keeping abreast of research and clinical findings Includes theory and methods, aging and social structure, social factors and social institutions, and aging and society Serves as a useful resource—an inspiration to those searching for ways to contribute to the aging enterprise, and a tribute to the rich bodies of scholarship that comprise aging research in the social sciences