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  • Course No: HS 506
  • Course: MA in Development Studies
  • Semester: III
  • Title: Interrogating Modernity
  • Stream: Sociology
  • Description:

    Modernity as a project of Enlightenment; Modernist paradigm in sociology: modern science, industrialisation and development; Marx and Weber: sociological modernism; Levi-Strauss and Althusser: structuralist interpretation; Lukacs, Gramsci and Touraine: society as human creation; Dialectic of engaging with and interrogating modernity; Wallerstein, Giddens and Habermas: synthesising modernity and social theory; Deconstructing modernity: post-colonial, postmodernist and feminist perspectives; Modernity in non-modern contexts; The idea of alternative or multiple modernities; The paradigm of revisionism in the discourse on modernity; Reflexivity: post-industrial society, autonomy, social movements, alternative paradigms in science and development.

     

    Texts

     

    1. A. Giddens, The Consequences of Modernity, Polity, 1989.

    2. J.P.S. Uberoi, The European Modernity: Science, Truth and MethodOxford University Press, 2002.

    3. J. Alam, India: Living with ModernityOxford University Press, 1999.

    4 .P. Chatterjee, A Possible India: Essays in Political Criticism, Oxford University Press, 1997.

    5. S. Hall, D. Held and A. McGrew (Eds.), Modernity and its Futures, Polity/Open University Press, 1992.

     

    References

     

    1. K. Kumar, Prophecy and Progress: The Sociology of Industrial and Post-industrial Society, Penguin, 1986.

    2. J. Habermas, The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity, Polity, 1987.

    3. M. Foucault, Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972-1977, Pantheon, 1980.

    4. J.F. Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, University of Minnesota Press, 1984.

    5. E. Said, Orientalism: Western Concepts of the Orient, Penguin, 1985.

    6. Z. Bauman, Intimations of Postmodernity. Routledge, 1992.

    7. P. Abbott and C. Wallace, An Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives, Routledge, 1990.

    8. F. Jameson, Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, Verso, 19

  • Text:

    A. Giddens, The Consequences of Modernity, Polity, 1989.^$^J.P.S. Uberoi, The European Modernity: Science, Truth and Method, Oxford University Press, 2002.^$^J. Alam, India: Living with Modernity, Oxford University Press, 1999.^$^S. Hall, D. Held and A. McGrew (Eds.), Modernity and its Futures, Polity/Open University Press, 1992.^$^ S. Hegde, ‘Modernity’s Edges: A Review Discussion’, Social Scientist, 28 (9-10): 33-86, 1999.

  • Course References:

    K. Kumar, Prophecy and Progress: The Sociology of Industrial and Post-industrial Society, Penguin, 1986.^$^J. Habermas, The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity, Polity, 1987.^$^M. Foucault, Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972-1977, Pantheon, 1980.^$^J.F. Lyotard, The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge, University of Minnesota Press, 1984.^$^E. Said, Orientalism: Western Concepts of the Orient, Penguin, 1985.^$^Z. Bauman, Intimations of Postmodernity. Routledge, 1992.^$^P. Abbott and C. Wallace, An Introduction to Sociology: Feminist Perspectives, Routledge, 1990.^$^F. Jameson, Postmodernism, or the Cultura