Polish Sociological Review

Articles from No. 178, 2012

An Invitation to Debates
This issue of the Polish Sociological Review is primarily a self-presentation of Indian sociologists and their recent theoretical and empirical research achievements. The suggestion to prepare this issue came from the Indian Sociological Society with...
Between Exclusion and Exclusivity: Dalits in Contemporary India
Abstract: The article explores the alternative strategies adopted by the lowest caste groups known by the generic term dalits to improve their social status in India. The mapping of various strategies has been done by taking into consideration the four...
Decolonisation and the Entangled Histories of Science and Philosophy in India*
Abstract: One of the central challenges confronting post-colonial India in its march towards decolonisation was the intellectual challenge posed by the idea of modernity. This is reflected in the work of historians of science and philosophers attempting...
Indian "Modernity" and "Tradition": A Gender Analysis
Abstract: This paper explores how the language of tradition and modernity has been the dominant idiom that has sought to capture the "essence" of both the Indian nation and the Indian woman. The salience of this discourse demands a critical enquiry to...
Is There Today Caste System or There Is Only Caste in India?
Abstract: The main focus of the paper is that caste system has always been resilient and dynamic due to its inner inconsistencies and contradictions on the one hand, and due to its interpenetration into economy, polity and culture on the other. The aim...
Rethinking Civil Society and the Public Spheres: Pathways of Indian Modernities in Global Conversations1
Abstract: Civil society today is a globally valorized discourse but its fundamental terms come from the European discourses which need to be brought to cross-cultural conversations and dialogues. The essay makes such an effort by rethinking civil society...
Society and Sociology in India: Some Reflections
It is a matter of great pleasure for me that this particular issue of the prestigious and internationally acclaimed Polish Sociological Review is entirely devoted to some of the important aspects of Indian Society. The aspects covered in this special...
Sociology of India, Sociology in India, Indian Sociology1
Abstract: As a scholarly discipline, Indian sociology draws upon British and American social anthropology and sociology but analyses and interprets a completely different than Western type of culture and social structure. Colonial past and post-colonial...
State and Democracy in India
Abstract: This paper examines the relationship between state and democracy in India. It probes the paradox that representative government is not always responsive government. There is a persistant gap between the practices of popular authorisation and...
Story of the Clashing Images of the Country. the Case of India's Image at Home and in Poland
Abstract: The article deals with the complex process of creating a country image, both at home and abroad. It consists of two parts, being interrelated with each other, however not in a direct way. In part one the focus is laid on the image of India...
Technology Growth in India-Some Important Concerns
Abstract: Technology has made its presence felt in various sectors of India's development in the last twenty years. Communication and information technology, manufacturing industry, transportation, defence and space technologies are some of the important...
The Indian Jati1 and the European Nation: The Twins-Unlike Concepts of Mega-Tribal2 Level
Abstract: XXI Century requires new approach to mutual relations of civilizations, if we wish to avoid the fate predicted by Samuel Huntington. We have to study carefully and without prejudice our respective achievements and see whether we can run better...
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