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Sociology and Beyond: The Limits of Loyalty

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Debates and discussions in an intellectual field help us to come to terms with our existing condition and work towards its needed transformation. Debates and discussions have been very much part of traditions of sociological reflections in India. In the 1950s there was a debate about the 'book view' and 'field view' of studying Indian society in which the works of M. N. Srinivas and Louis Dumont were discussed. A recent debate has arisen on the need for Indian social sciences to overcome their entrenched parochial fixations and be simultaneously interested in fieldwork at home and the world. The article begins with this and discusses the need for Indian social sciences overcome their parochial fixation and simultaneously work with India and the world. This calls for overcoming the limits of loyalty such as uncritical loyalty to nation-state and cultivate a relationship of gratitude to both one's country and the world.

Affiliations: 1: Madras Institute of Development Studies


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