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Sociology books and syllabus


Development of Sociology as a discipline, Its relationship with
other disciplines,; Science and Social behaviour, the problem of
objectivity, the scientific methods and design of sociological research,
techniques of data collection and measurement including participant and
non-participant observation, interview schedules and questionnaires.

Pioneering contributions to sociology: The seminal ideas of
Durkheim, Weber and Mars.
Marx: Historical materialism, alienation, class and class struggle;
Durkheim: division of labour, social fact, religion and society: Webber:
Social action, types of authority, bureaucracy, rationality, Protestant
ethnic and the spirit of capitalism ideal types.

The individual and society, individual behaviour, social interaction,
society and social group, social system, status and role; culture,
personality and socialization; conformity, deviance and social control:
role, conflict
Social stratification and mobility: Inequality and
stratification: different conceptions of class; theories of stratification,
caste and class: class and society: types of mobility; open and closed
models of mobility.

Family, marriage and kinship: Structure and functions of family;
structural principles of kinship; family descent and kinship; change in
society and change in marriage and family; marriage and divorce.

Economic system: Economic Systems of Simple and Complex
Societies : Types of Exchange; and division of labour; social aspects of
preindustrial and industrial economic system; industrialization and
changes in the political education, religious, familial and stratificational
sphere; social determinants and consequences of economic development.

Political System: Community power structure: power of the elite,
class power, power authority and legitimacy; power in democracy;
political parties and voting.

Religion : The religious phenomenon; the sacred and the profance;
social functions and dysfunctions of religion; magic religion and science;
changes in society and changes in religion and secularization.

Social change and development: Social structure and social change,
continuity and change; Processes of change; theories of change; social
disorganization and social movement; directed social change, social
policy and social development.


Historical moorings of the Indian Society : Traditional Hindu
social organization: socio-cultural dynamics through the ages, especially
the impact of Buddhism, Islam and the modern West; factors in
continuity and changes.

Social stratification: Caste system and its transformation, aspects
of ritual, economic and caste status, cultural and structural view about
casts, mobility in caste, issues of equality and social justice caste among
the Hindus and the non- Hindus; Casteism; the Backward Classes and the
Scheduled Castes: Untouchability and its eradication; agrarian and
industrial class structure.

Family, Marriage and kinship: Changing aspects of Kinship: the
joint family its structural and functional aspects and its changing form
and disorganization; marriage among different ethnic groups and
changing trends; Impact of legislation and socio-economics change upon
family and marriage; Changing status of women.

Economic system; The Jajmani system and its bearing on the
traditional society; market economy and its social consequences;
occupational diversification and social structure, social determinants and
consequences of economic development; economic inequalities,
exploitation and corruption.

Political system: The functioning of the democratic political
system in a traditional society; political parties and their social
composition; social structural origins of political elites and their social
orientations decentralization of power and political participation.

Educational system : Educational and society in the traditional and
the modern contexts; education and social mobility, educational problems
of women, the Backward Classes and the Scheduled Castes.

Religion: Demographic dimensions, inter religious interaction and
its manifestation in the problems of conversion, minority status and
communalism, secularism. Tribal societies and their integration:
Distinctive features of tribal communities, tribe and caste: acculturation and

Rural social system and community development : Socio cultural
dimensions of the village community: traditional power structure,
democratization and of land reforms, Community Development
Programme and other planned development project; Green Revolution:
new strategies of rural development.

Urban social organization: Continuity and chance in the traditional
cases of social organization, namely, kinship, caste and religion in the
urban context; stratification and mobility in urban communities, ethnic
diversity and community integration: rural-urban differences in
demographic and sociocultural characteristics and their social

Population dynamic: Socio cultural aspects of sex and age
structure, fertility and mortality and migration; the problem of population
explosion, social psychological, cultural and economic factors in the
adoption of family planning practices.

Social change and modernization: Problems of Role Conflict-youth
unrest-intergenerational gap; Major Sources of social change and of
Resistance to change, impact of West, Reform movements, social
movement, industrialization and urbanization, pressure groups factors of
planned change-Five Year Plans legislative and executive measure;
process of change Sanskritiaztion, Westernization and Modernization;
Means of modernization-mass media and education, problem of change
and modernization-structural contribution and breakdowns.

Current Social Evils : Casteism, Nepotism, Regionalism,
Smuggling, Black Money; Crime and Juvenile Delinquency in India.



Herton and Hunt, Sociology, Mcgraw- Hill International, Singapore 1984
Abrahamson Mark, Urban Sociology, Prentice-Hall Inc, Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1980
Haris C. C., The Sociology Enterprises : A Disscussion of Fundamental Concept, St. Martin Press Inc., New York, 1980
Wilson John, Introduction to Social Movements, Basic Books, NY , 1998.
Hamilton , Malcom, B. The Sociology of Religion, Routledge, London , 1995.
Williams, Malcom, Science and Social Science : An Introduction, Routledge, London , 2000.
D.K.S. Roy, Social Development and the Empowerment of Mariginalised Groups: Perspectives and Strategies, Sage, New Delhi - 2001
Harris C.C., The Family, Allen and Unwin, London - 1977
Andreas Hess, Concept of Social Stratification, European and American Models, Palgrave, Houndmills, NY , 2001
Giddens, Anthony, Capitalisation and Modern Social Theory, University Press Cambridge, 1971
Smelser, N.J.The Sociology of Economic Life, Prentice Hall, New Delhi - 1988.
Haralombos, M, and Heald, R,M. Sociology : Themes and Perspectives, Oxford. Delhi - 1980.
Randall Collins, Theoretical Sociology, Harcourt Brace and Company, Florida, 1996.
Bottomore. T.B. Sociology : A GFuide of problem and Literature Allen and Unwin, London - 1972.
Etzioni, Amitali, Modern Organization, Prentice Hall, NY, 1995
Cuff, Sharrock, and Francis, Perrspective in Sociology, Routledge, NY 1995

Paper - II

Mandelbaum, David, Society in India, University of California, Press Berkreley, 1970
Srivnivas M N Caste in Modern India and Other Essays, Asia Publishing House,
Bombay -1962
Srinivas M N Social Change in Modern India, Berkeley,University of California Press 1966.
Srinivas and Shah, The Myth of the self sufficiency of the Indian Village, The Economic weekly, 12:1375-1378
Beteille Andre Sociology, Oxford, New Delhi - 2002
Beteille Andre, The idea of Natural, Inequality and other Essays, Oxford, Delhi - 1987.
Beteille Andre, Essay in Contemporary Sociology, Oxford, Delhi - 1987.
Beteille Andre, Social Inequality of Indian Penguine, London, 1978.
Singh Yogender Cultural Change in India, Rawat, Jaipur, 2002.
Singh Yogender, Modernization of Indian Tradition, Thompson Press, New Delhi - 1973.
Unnithan T K , Indra Dev and Singh, Y, (eds) Towards a Sociology of Culture in India, Prentice Hall, new Delhi - 1965.
Gupta, Dipasnkar, Interrograting Caste, Penguine, New Delhi - 2000.
Shah A M Family in Contempory India, Orient Longman, New Delhi - 2001.
Chandrani and Chandrani, Essay in Rural Sociology, Rawat, Jaipur -2000.
Desai, Neera, and Krishnaraj, Women and Society in India,New Delhi - 1990.
Singer Milton and Cohen B.S. Structure and chasnge in Indian Society, Weener Grin Foundation for Anthropological Research 1968.
Sharma K L (ed) Sociolo Inequilities in Indian , Profiles of Caste Class, Power and Sociol Mobility, Rawat, Jaipur 19945.
Gallenter Masrc, Competing, Inequalities, Oxford, NY 1998.
Joshi, P C Sociol Science and Development: Quest for Relevence, Hasr-Anand Publication, Delhi 1995.


nitika said...

Kindly update the syllabus according to the UPSC notification.

Dr Naresh Jhajharia said...

well that post was made in 2007 and I updated it in new notification of IAS 2008,
for 2008 syllabus, one can visit :

wait for the IAS 2009 notification to see if there will be any change, although in 2008 its changed substantially so not expecting any change this year.

any way thanks Nitika for reminding !

Dr Naresh Jhajharia said...

here is the link to that post :

cheers !

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