This is a general textbook written to meet the specific needs of Indian undergraduate students, particularly those who are trained in professional courses. The book is divided into two parts. Part I is a concise introduction to sociology as science and craft, basic sociological concepts and prominent theories in contemporary sociology. The task is undertaken not from a particular ideological perspective but to sensitize the student to the wide varieties of orientations which compete and coalesce in modern sociology.
Part II constitutes the bulk of the book and its focus is on Indian social reality. But two unique features may be noted. First, each chapter begins with a brief general discussion so as to sensitize students of the 'state of art ' in the particular substantive theme of the chapter. Second, a wide variety of themes and topics are covered for the first time in a textbook addressed to Indian students.
The book devotes the deserved attention not only to competing theories and differing perspectives but also to the complex character of social reality. It covers structure and process, stability and change, micro and macro dimensions, planning and protest. The scope and the analytical tenor of the book makes it a valuable aid to understand sociology in general and Indian society in particular.
Social Defence: The book will be useful to the workers in the field of social defence, besides law and social science students in understanding the structure and functions of the Indian Society and the broad framework under which the deviant behaviour develops and breeds. The authors deserve congratulations for bringing out this excellent book.
The Study of Human Society. T.K. Oomman 1 Sociological Perspectives: Units and Methods. T.K. Oomman 12 Theories of Society. T.K. Oomman 25 Scientific Method and Social Research. T.K. Oomman 45 Types of Human Collectivities. C.N. Venugopal 58 Social Order. C.N. Venugopal 70 Social Process. C.N. Venugopal 81 Social Changes. C.N. Venugopal 88 Social,Culture and Personality. C.N. Venugopal 97
PART II : INDIAN SOCIETY : STRUCTURE, PROCESS AND CHARGE
Family and Kinship. C.N. Venugopal 113 Cast and Class. C.N. Venugopal 134 Economy and Society. C.N. Venugopal 152 Polity and Society. C.N. Venugopal 175 Eduction and Society. C.N. Venugopal 198 Law and Society. C.N. Venugopal 221 Formal Organisations. C.N. Venugopal 244 Occupations and Professions. T.K. Oommen 267 Religious Pluralism. T.K. Oommen 288 Linguistic Diversity. T.K. Oommen 315 Urban, Peasant and Tribal Communities. T.K. Oommen 336 Women and Society. T.K. Oommen 360 Youth and Society. T.K. Oommen 379 Social Movements. T.K. Oommen 395 Social Deviance. C.N. Venugopal 413 Social Change in Independent India. T.K. Oommen 438 PERSONAL NAME/AUTHOR INDEX 461 SUBJECT INDEX 464