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Autobiography of an ArchiveA Scholar's Passage to India$
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Nicholas Dirks

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780231169677

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231169677.001.0001

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G. S. Ghurye and the Politics of Sociological Knowledge

G. S. Ghurye and the Politics of Sociological Knowledge

(p.249) 11 G. S. Ghurye and the Politics of Sociological Knowledge
Autobiography of an Archive

Nicholas B. Dirks

Columbia University Press

This chapter examines the politics of sociological knowledge by focusing on the views of G. S. Ghurye, the most influential Indian academic to write about Indian sociology during the colonial period. Ghurye made important contributions to our understanding of caste, race, and tribal identities, and shows relentless commitment to building the research capacity and relevance of Indian social science. He was also the first anthropologist to study the dangerous effects of colonial discourse and colonial institutions on the fundamental institutions of Indian society. In his canonic work, Caste and Race in India, Ghurye was especially concerned to evaluate the claims of the colonial state's anthropologist, H. H. Risley, about the racial origins of caste. The book analyzes Ghurye's critique of colonial anthropology and the racial theories of Risley.

Keywords:   politics, G. S. Ghurye, India, sociology, caste, race, tribal identities, H. H. Risley, anthropology

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