Practicing Social Anthropology in India

Srinivas, MN (1997) Practicing Social Anthropology in India. Annual Reviews in Anthropology, 26. pp. 1-24.

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Abstract: After completing a BA in social philosophy from Mysore, I went to Bombay to do graduate work in sociology with GS Ghurye, who had been a student of WHR Rivers at Cambridge in the 1920s. At the end of eight years, I became disillusioned with diffusionism and unfocused ethnography. I then went to Oxford, where I worked first with AR Radcliffe-Brown and then EE Evans Pritchard. At Oxford, I became a structural-functionalist, albeit a somewhat skeptical one. After teaching at Oxford from 1948 to 1951, I returned to India to teach sociology at the University of Baroda. Eight years later, I went to the University of Delhi as Professor of Sociology, and finally moved to Bangalore in 1972 to start, with VKRV Rao, the Institute for Social and Economic Change. As an anthropologist, I am somewhat of a maverick in that I study my own culture and not any distant Other.
Item Type: Journal Paper
Keywords: from social philosophy to ethnology, structural-functionalism at Oxford, religion, caste and village, studying own culture, institution-building
Subjects: General > Founding Faculty > M N Srinivas > Publications
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2022 09:59
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