Understanding Social Dynamics in South Asia

Essays in Memory of Ramkrishna Mukherjee

  • Partha Nath Mukherji
  • N. Jayaram
  • Bhola Nath Ghosh

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Remembering the Scholar and His Scholarship

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Partha Nath Mukherji, N. Jayaram, Bhola Nath Ghosh
      Pages 3-17
  3. Philosophy and Methodology

  4. Rural Society and Panchayat Raj

  5. Family and Gender Relations

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 145-145
    2. Bhola Nath Ghosh, Samba Siva Rao Pasupuleti
      Pages 161-174
  6. Social Change and Social Mobility

  7. Conversations with Ramkrishna Mukherjee

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 239-239
    2. Partha Nath Mukherji, Chandan Sengupta
      Pages 265-276
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 277-280

About this book


This volume includes fourteen essays by eminent sociologists in memory of Ramkrishna Mukherjee (1919–2017), the last of the founding architects of sociology in India. It also includes two interviews with Ramkrishna Mukherjee by senior sociologists. The essays cover a variety of themes and topics close to the works of Ramkrishna Mukherjee: the idea of unitary social science, methodology of social research, the question of facts and values, rural society and social change, social mobility, family and gender, and nationalism. In the two interviews included here Mukherjee clarifies his intellectual trajectory as well as issues of methodology and methods in social research. Overall, this volume endorses his emphasis on the need for social researchers to transcend the ‘what’ and ‘how’ to ‘why’ in the pursuit of sociological knowledge. The volume is a valuable addition to the history of sociology in India. Students of sociology and other social sciences will find it useful as a book of substantive readings on social dynamics; those researching the social world will find in it a useful guide to issues in designing and execution of social research projects.


unitary social science sociology of values rural sociology methodology of the social sciences caste and politics in India social philosophy sociology of the family gender relations and sociological theory systematic and inductive sociology dialectical model in sociology historical sociology

Editors and affiliations

  • Partha Nath Mukherji
    • 1
  • N. Jayaram
    • 2
  • Bhola Nath Ghosh
    • 3
  1. 1.Institute of Social Sciences New DelhiIndia
  2. 2.National Law School of India University BengaluruIndia
  3. 3.Sociological Research CentreIndian Statistical InstituteKolkataIndia

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