Doing Theory: Locations, Hierarchies and Disjunctions

By: Maitrayee Chaudhuri & Manish Thakur (Eds)

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Contents: 1. Introduction/Maitrayee Chaudhuri and Manish Thakur. Part I: Theorising the Indigenous , National , Local and Postcolonial . 2. The quest for indigenous theory: then and now/Manish Thakur. 3. The work of the Local /Upal Chakrabarti. 4. Theorising the nation-state: hegemonic discourses and counter-narratives/Tanweer Fazal. 5. The politics of social theory: a critical analysis of the caste-modernity paradigm/Gayatri Nair. Part II: Disassembling Theory: Understanding Absences, Presences and Schisms. 6. Notes towards a renewal of industrial sociology in India/Aardra Surendran. 7. Media in Indian sociology: contexts, making and theorizing/Jesna Jayachandran. 8. The schism between teaching theory and doing method: the practice of sociology/Amites Mukhopadhyay. 9. Social research in a media organization/Sushree Panigrahi. Part III: Ethnography and Theory. 10. Understanding prison sociality: objects, surveillance and everyday life/Mahuya Bandyopadhyay. 11. For the skin is faster than the word : towards an ethnography of affect/Sukanya Sarbadhikary. 12. Oral history with women naxalites and hindu rioters: questions of epistemology and ethics/Chitralekha Dhamija. Part IV: Theory: Disjunctions, Travels and Effects. 13. Theorising experience: on critical pedagogy and the subject matter of caste/Ratheesh Kumar. 14. Anti-caste awareness: inside and outside the classroom/Pushpesh Kumar. 15. Chasing Pareto/Hia Sen. 16. Reading theory backwards: a worm s eye view/Maitrayee Chaudhuri. Notes on the contributors. Index. We live in times where theory is often understood as irrelevant in the real world. It appears to have no practical results. This has been further complicated in a post-fact world, where our identities and perception have become the final judges of truth. Sociology/social anthropology, in contrast, rests on a fundamental distinction between commonsense and theoretically informed knowledge. It teaches us to get rid of perceptions and alerts us to go beyond taken-for-granted ideas. The paradox is that although theory is taught as a mandatory paper in sociology, it is either reduced to a topic in the syllabi or used as ceremonial citations. Emphasising that theories emerge in specific historical contexts and are embedded in economic, political, social, cultural, institutional and intellectual processes, this volume takes a new approach by highlighting the sociological paths through which theories travel and are adopted by institutions in different parts of the country. Printed Pages: 392

Title: Doing Theory: Locations, Hierarchies and Disjunctions

Author Name: Maitrayee Chaudhuri & Manish Thakur (Eds)

Categories: India, Sociology,

Publisher: New Delhi, Orient BlackSwan Pvt. Ltd: 2018

ISBN: 9789352873647

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: New

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Keywords: Doing Theory: Locations, Hierarchies and Disjunctions Maitrayee Chaudhuri & Manish Thakur (Eds)