India lives in her villages, not districts. An exclusive focus on districts in policy-making is misleading. Explain with specific examples. (250 words)
Structural functionalism – Durkheim
Sociology of religion – kinship, social structure, hierarchy and village economy
Book view versus field view of society
Indological versus sociological approach to religion
The okka, the caste and the village
Kinship, marriage, customs (mores and folkways), Sanskritization, dominant caste, Jajmani system
Srinivas set out to show the two-way relationship between religion and social structure.
He showed how religious beliefs and practices were refracted by the structures of joint family, caste and village. https://youtu.be/aalg0U6XJvk
I’ve tried to discuss Marx, Durkheim and Weber – what to (and not to) read, how to connect these thinkers with one another and how to use internet as a tool to collect information from authentic sources.
Run-up to Prelims, October 2020
I’ve tried to answer –
How to use the next few weeks in the run-up to the prelims. How to approach the prelims question papers in the exam hall. How to beat self-doubt and lack of motivation in the time of Covid 19.