HS 818 : Sociology of Social Stratification in India

The treatment of social stratification from the perspectives of theory, structure, and process and their variations in societal and cultural contexts. 

Structural units and the study of social stratification:  Class, Status and Party as distinctive categories of power and position, Race, Age and Gender differences as units for social formation and social interaction and processes involving social stratification, Classes, Power and Conflict and different approaches to the study of Power. 

Culture and Structural Units and the study of Social Stratification  in India:

Dimensions in studies of caste, class, ethnicity and power, Gender and Social Stratification,  Scheduled Castes and Social Stratification,  Agrarian Class Stratification and Change, Social Stratification and Agrarian `Rural Setting,  Social Stratification and Urban `Industrial Setting,  Elites and Social Stratification , Role of Professional and Bureaucratic Elites in the system of social stratification. 

Gaps in Stratification studies and Priority areas for Research,  Re-Thinking of Macro-Sociological Theories


Max Weber,  Eng trans.  1968. Economy and Society, 1922. 

Anthony Giddens (ed.).  Classes, Power and Conflict: Classical and Contemporary Debates,The MacMillan Press Ltd., 1982. 

R. Compton and M. Mann (eds.), Gender and Stratification, 1986. 

Yogendra Singh, Social Stratification and Social Change in India, Manohar, 1977. 

Sharma, K.L ,   Social Stratification in India: Issues and Themes, Sage Publications, 1997. 

Srinivas, M.N., Caste: Its Twentieth- Century Avatar, Penguin, 1996. 

Beteille, Andre (ed.),  Selected Writings, Harmondsworth, 1970. 

Gupta, Dipankar (ed.),  Social Stratification, Oxford University Press, 1991.