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ISBN: 978-81-87358-70-1

Scholars and Prophets: Sociology of India from France 19th – 20th centuries

by: Roland Lardinois

This is the first book in the Series. Scholars and Prophets deals with the historical genesis of the long and rich  scholarship on India in France since the beginning of 19th century, with particular reference to the work of Louis Dumont It considers the works of  scholars and the essayists, poets, or esotericists who published […]

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Overview

This is the first book in the Series. Scholars and Prophets deals with the historical genesis of the long and rich  scholarship on India in France since the beginning of 19th century, with particular reference to the work of Louis Dumont It considers the works of  scholars and the essayists, poets, or esotericists who published on India and shows that Dumont has been influenced by both groups. This understanding illuminates the main criticism that is still addressed to Homo Hierarchicus, which is that in this book Dumont mistook the internal, Brahminical view point on the caste system for a sociological  view.

In the course of  explaining the French intellectual tradition   the author relates many fascinating interactions and little known anecdotes of  famous men and women which capture the intellectually vibrant  climate of the time.

In the last chapter, the book contrasts Dumont’s work with issues raised by McKim Marriott’s project? and the Subaltern Studies from India. It defends that the core issue dealt with by all scholars is the epistemic status given to scientific knowledge of Indian society.

A very interesting feature of this book is the manner in which Roland Lardinois provides well written profiles of leading intellectuals. Both scholars and students of the social sciences will find this book very useful.

Details

ISBN: 978-81-87358-70-1
Publisher: Social Science Press
Publish Date: 2013
Page Count: 550

Meet the Author
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Roland Lardinois is a sociologist, Research Fellow (HDR) at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), member of the Centre d’Etudes de l’Inde et de l’Asie du Sud (UMR 8564) at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris. Since November 2009 he has joined the Centre de Sciences Humaines, New Delhi.

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