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Challenges for Indian Sociology

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The failure of sociology to come to grips with larger societal issues is not just a failure of sociology in India. A widespread problem faced by the discipline at present is the reluctance to raise 'big questions'. Quite apart from the problem of 'Euroschauism' which imposes partial views as the universal view, it is necessary for sociologists in a country like India to raise the issue of social change in India and the rest of the world as a theoretical issue that demands adequate conceptualisation. Such a task demands a critical perspective. It is possible to be critical of one's culture while being rooted in it. The first step to take is to study the concerns of the average person and to look at one's society critically, not as an outsider who finds the country of his birth difficult to take but as an insider who chooses to live in his country and undergoes what everyone else is going through. Along with this is the ability to step outside one's own society, not to go away but to return.


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