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D.V. Kumar


D.V. Kumar


ISBN 9788131608463
Publication Year 2017
Pages 216 pages
Binding Hardback
Sale Territory World (Except USA and Canada)

About the Book

This book is a product of engagement that the author has been pursuing with modernity and ethnicity for quite some time now. Although modernity has emerged as a metanarrative in social science literature, its meaning and the possible forms of engagement one can pursue with it has not been adequately explored. Also, it has been uncritically accepted that Europe was the only home of modernity, a point which is contested in this book. The fact that other civilizations have also contributed significantly to the project of modernity needs to be reaffirmed. Contrary to what the classical scholarship (writings of Marx, Durkheim and Weber) argued in favour of weakening of ethnic and nationalist identities in the context of modernity and development, this book seeks to problematize the relationship between modernization and ethnicity both at theoretical and empirical levels by arguing that they have in fact become more salient in the recent past. An adequate discussion on this would need to factor in the critical issue of nationalism, which is attempted here. As an organic and inseparable part of the larger issue of modernity, tribal development, as it is pursued especially in the North-East, is subjected to a critical interrogation. This book would be of great interest to all those who are engaged with issues of modernity, ethnicity and development.


1. Engaging with Modernity: Need for a Critical Negotiation

2. Contesting the European Origins of Modernity
3. Modernization and Ethnicity: Interrogating Different Theoretical Perspectives
4. Ethnicity, Nationalism and Modernity: Exploring the Linkages
5. Gellnerian Theory of Nation and Nationalism: A Critical Appraisal
6. Ethnicity, Famine and the State
7. Modernization and Ethnicity: The Context of Telugus in Bengaluru
8. Interrogating Development
9. Tribal Development: Issues, Movements and Interventions
10. Issues and Challenges in Tribal Development: A Perspective from the North-East India
11. State and Civil Society: The Context of Mizoram

About the Author / Editor

D.V. Kumar is Professor, Department of Sociology, North-Eastern Hill University, Shillong. His research interests are in the areas of modernity, ethnicity and social change. His other books are Modernisation and Ethnicity (2006), Social Change and Development (ed.) (2012) and Modernity and Ethnic Processes in India (ed.) (2014).

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