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Caste, Social Inequality and Mobility in Rural India: Reconceptualizing the Indian Village

by K. L. Sharma SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
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This interdisciplinary dynamic study re-conceptualizes the “Indian Village” by explaining the emerging social trends and patterns of social stratification of contemporary rural India

Foreword by Dipankar Gupta
Preface and Acknowledgements
Part I: Social Contours of Indian Village
Introducing the Indian Village
Reinterpreting Caste
Caste, Inequality and Social Mobility
Individual and Family
Part II: Glimpses of Village Economy
Peasants : A Declining Backbone of Rural Economy
Artisans: Proto-industrial Workers
Weavers: Under the Dominance of Master-Weavers
Part III: Rural Power Structure
Reflections on Indian Polity vis-+á-vis Indian Village
Dynamics of Elections and Its Reflections on Rural India
Panchayati Raj Institutions and Empowerment
Part IV: Emerging Patterns of Stratification and Change
Formation of Middle Class in Rural India
Education and Social Stratification in Village India
Understanding Rural Development in India
Part V: Theoretical and Empirical Concerns in Village Studies
Subaltern Studies in the Wake of Globalization
Revisiting the Six Villages in Rajasthan After Half a Century
Conclusion: Emerging Matrix of Social Status and Change

K. L. Sharma is Pro-Chancellor at Jaipur National University, and Vice-Chairman of Institute of Development Studies (ISD), Jaipur. Formerly, Dr. Sharma was Professor of Sociology and Rector (pro-Vice-Chancellor) at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He was Vice-Chancellor at the University of Rajasthan during 2003GÇô2005 and also Vice-Chancellor at Jaipur National University, Jaipur, from 2007 to 2014. K. L. Sharma earned his Master's and Ph.D from the University of Rajasthan, Jaipur. 

K. L. Sharma was invited as visiting faculty by College de France, Paris, for five terms from 1991 to 2005. In 2002, the University Grants Commission of India honoured him with the Pranavananda Saraswati Award. He has also served on several committees and commissions as an expert member. The Indian Council of Social Science Research, New Delhi, bestowed him with a National Fellowship (2014GÇô2016).

During his nearly half-century-long academic career, Sharma has published 26 books and 90 research papers. His main areas of interest include rural sociology, caste and class, social stratification and mobility, agrarian and tribal movements, etc. Presently, he also writes on current issues for a well-known Hindi daily, for the benefit of the common people. Sharma's writings are widely read by students, researchers and faculty of social sciences, and other concerned people.