HS 432 : An Introduction to the Sociology of Rural Development

Sociology of rural development: key sociological issues; modernization theories and theories of underdevelopment.   

Rural development in India: A profile of the history of rural development in India; current experiences, programmes and achievements.

Cooperative movement and rural development; leadership and rural development; politics, power and rural development; bureaucracy and rural development, technology for rural development; implications for the future.


A. Webster, Introduction to the sociology of development, Macmillan, 1984.

S.R. Maheshwari, Rural Development in India: A public policy approach, Sage  Publications, 1985.

G.R. Madan, T. Madan,  Village development in India: A Sociological Approach, Allied Publishers, 1983.

A.R. Desai, Rural Sociology in India, Popular Prakashan, 1969.

T.K. Oommen, Social Transformation in Rural India: Mobilization and State intervention, Vikas Publishing House Pvt. Ltd., 1984.

Vasant Desai, Rural Development, Vols. V & VI Himalaya Publishing House, 1988.

Steve Jones, P.C. Joshi, and Mignd Murmis (eds.), Rural Poverty and Agrarian Reform, Allied Publishers Pvt.Ltd., 1982.