About The Book

This essay on Indian social structure originally formed a chapter in Volume 1 of The Gazetteer of India: Indian Union, published in 1965. It introduces the reader to the caste system, the village community, religious groups, marriage, kinship and inheritance, and changes in society at the time.

About The Author

Professor M.N. Srinivas, FBA, the Doyen of sociology and social anthropology in India, started his academic career at Oxford where he taught in a department headed by the late professor E.E. Evans Pritchard. He started the first department of sociology in India at MS University, Baroda and later headed the department of sociology at Delhi University. In 1972, he founded the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) in Bangalore, along with Professor V.K.R.V. Rao. Professor Srinivas was JRD Visiting Professor at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore. He passed away in 1999.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Structure of Indian Society
Chapter 3: Marriage, Kinship, and Inheritance
Chapter 4: Recent Change


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