Sociology of Religion in India

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Item Code: IDE594
Author: Ed. By. Rowena Robinson
Publisher: Sage Publications India Pvt. Ltd.
Language: English
Edition: 2004
ISBN: 0761997822
Pages: 359
Cover: Paperback
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From the Jacket:

Theorists of modernity had written off religion in the 1950s and 1960s and predicted that it would become unimportant as a marker of identity. However, the very reverse has happened and religion today plays an increasingly significant role in the cohesion and operation of identities on a global scale.

Focused on the theme of the sociology of religion, this volume brings together essays by well-known scholars which examine the resurgence of religious identities in the Indian contest. The contributors question many received notions, address critical problems, and raise important issues surrounding various current debates.

The papers are divided into four sections. The first deals with religion, society and national identity. The next section is devoted to sects, cults, shrines and the making of traditions. The third section discusses religious conversion, while the last section provides a comparative perspective drawn from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Trinidad and Tobago, and the United State.

Among the many topics covered are:

  • The original impulses that led to the declaration of India as a secular republic.
  • The role of religion and ideology in economic growth.
  • The negative role that religion can play in public life, particularly because of political manipulation.
  • The way boundaries are created between different groups.
  • The search for economic and political mobility and/or social dignity and respect through conversion.
Tacking a subject of immense contemporary importance and demonstrating a sensitivity of the shifts and changes brought about in faith, identity and tradition, this volume will be considerable interest to students of sociology, anthropology, religion, politics and history.

About the Author:

Rowena Robinson is Associated Professor in Sociology, Department of Humanities and Social Sciences, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai.


Series Note9
Foreword by C.N. Venugopal12
Rowena Robinson

Part I: Religion, Society and National Identity
1.Visions of Nationhood and Religiosity among Early Freedom Fighters in India
Proshanta Nandi
2.National Integration and Religion
A.R. Desai
3.Religion and Economic Development
M.S.A. Rao
4.The Indo-Islamic Tradition
A.R. Momin
5.Ethnic Process and Minority Identity: A Comparative Study of Muslims and Christians of UP
Nirmala Srinivasan

Part II: Sects, Cults, Shrines and the Making of Traditions
6.Manipur Vaishnavism: A Sociological Interpretation
Kunj Bihari Singh
7.The Factor of Anti-Pollution in the Ideology of the Lingayat Movement
C.N. Venugopal
8.The Immortal Cowherd and the Saintly Carrier: An Essay in the Study of Cults
Ursula M. Sharma
9.Emergence of Shrines of Rural Tamil Nadu: A Study of Little Traditions
L. Thara Bhai

Part III: Religious Conversion in India: Some Socilogical Issues
10.Some Neglected Aspects of the Conversion of Goa: A Socio-Historical Perspective
Rowena Robinson
11.The First Protestant Mission to India: its Social and Religious Developments
D. Dennis Hudson
12.Issues of Christianity in Colonial Chhattisgarh
Saurabh Dube
13.Emancipation through Proselytism? Some Reflections on the Marginal Status of the Depressed Classes
N. Jayaram

Part IV: Religion Beyond India's Borders
14.Religion and Language in the Formation of Nationhood in Pakistan and Bangladesh
Tanveer Fazal
15.The Influence of Indian Islam on Fundamentalist Trends in Trinidad and Tobago
Nasser Mustapha
16.Religious Resurgence in Contemporary United States: A View from India
Ananta Giri

Related Readings in the Sociological Bulletin343
About the Editor344
About the Contributors345

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