The Hindu Nationalist Sociology of G S Ghurye

Upadhya, Carol (2002) The Hindu Nationalist Sociology of G S Ghurye. Sociological Bulletin, 51 (1). pp. 27-56. ISSN 0038-0229

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Abstract: This paper situates the thought of G.S. Ghurye within its intellectual and political context in order to reflect on the framing of a sociological discourse about Indian society by the first post-colonial generation of Indian academic sociologists. While Ghurye incorporated the Orientalist rendering of Indian history and society in his work, he turned this discourse around to develop a cultural nationalist sociology that rejects some of the premises of colonial knowledge. However, Ghurye’s brand of sociology, by building itself around a particular understanding of Indian civilisation and ‘Indian culture’, emerges finally as an elaboration on a narrow Hindu/Brahmanical nationalist ideology that advocates cultural unity and nation-building rather than political and economic emancipation.
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Additional Information: Copyright belongs the author. This work was done by the author as a faculty of SNDT Women's University
Subjects: School of Social Sciences > Sociology
Divisions: Schools > Social Sciences
Date Deposited: 06 Sep 2017 06:33
Last Modified: 06 Sep 2017 06:33
Official URL: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/003802...
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    URI: http://eprints.nias.res.in/id/eprint/1337

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