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On A Serious Note... Tuesday, August 3, 2010 Booklist for Sociology Sociology!

The only subject that I have loved most after Physics probably beacus e both give a lot of food for thought.I did two courses of Sociology in college as part of my humanities but enjoyed only one of them, Industrial sociology by A mman Madan, beacuse of his interactive class sessions. For aspirants of UPSC, it is a moderately popular subject. I recommend it as an optional for UPSC only to those who have the ability to thi nk critically beyond the obvious and model abstractions, especially in paper-I. Not that those who consider themselves challenged in this respect cannot prepare for this optional, but those who can will have a decisive advantage. Study Mate rial for paper-II is not found easily, and the understanding of key concepts of Paper-I and ability to apply them to real life situations comes in handy. Here's my recommended Booklist for Socio:Paper-I 1)Haralambos - The Bible. (Though this book seems easy, do not not take it light ly.You will find yourself going back to it again and again. Make clever use of r eal life studies in the book to substantiate your answers) 2) Mahapatra ( Vajiram) Sir's Class notes 3) Sociological Thory by Ritzer. (hard to find but gives a good account of theor ies) Caution: - Do not study Bottomore (Useless). Refer to Ignou Material ( MSO notes ) for only topics that you can't find in above. For Paper-II, I have edited the booklist provided here. A. Introducing Indian Society: (i) Perspectives on the study of Indian society : Indian Sociological Thought. f rom B. K. Nagla (a) Indology (GS. Ghurye). (b) Structural functionalism (M N Srinivas). (c) Marxist sociology ( A R Desai). (ii) Impact of colonial rule on Indian society : (a) Social background of Indian nationalism. Mahaptra Sir's Notes (b) Modernization of Indian tradition. Modernization of Indian tradition - Yogen ndra Singh,Handbook of Indian Socio by Veena Das (c) Protests and movements during the colonial period. Protests and movements du ring the colonial period A R Desai (d) Social reforms Spectrum's Indian B. Social Structure: (i) Rural and Agrarian Social Structure: (a) The idea cio by Veena (b) Agrarian veen Kishore of Indian village and village studies- IGNOU ,Handbook of Indian So Das social structure evolution of land tenure system, land reforms. Pra (Inspiration's) study material

(ii) Caste System:(a) Perspectives on the study of caste systems: GS Ghurye, M N Srinivas, Louis Dumont, Andre Beteille. Indian Sociological Thought. from B. K. Nagla

(b) Features of caste system. ( Summarize the perspectives from previous topic) (c) Untouchability forms and perspectives Praveen Kishore (Inspiration's) study material (iii) Tribal communities in India: Indian Society & Culture (a) (b) (c) (d) Definitional problems. Indian Social System Geographical spread. Colonial policies and tribes. Issues of integration and autonomy. Ram Ahuja Nadeem Husnain

(iv) Social Classes in India: IGNOU (a) Agrarian class structure. (b) Industrial class structure. (c) Middle classes in India. (v) (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) Systems of Kinship in India: - IGNOU Lineage and descent in India. Types of kinship systems. Family and marriage in India. Household dimensions of the family. Patriarchy, entitlements and sexual division of labour.

(vi) Religion and Society: Praveen Kishore (Inspiration's) study material (a) Religious communities in India. (b) Problems of religious minorities. C. Social Changes in India: (i) Visions of Social Change in India: (a) Idea of development planning and mixed economy. Contemporary India Neera Cha ndhoke (b) Constitution, law and social change. Social Change in India Yogendra Singh,M odernization of Indian tradition - Yogenndra Singh (c) Education and social change. IGNOU , ESO 14, Social Change in India Yogendra Singh,Modernization of Indian tradition - Yogendra Singh (ii) Rural and Agrarian transformation in India: (a) Programmes of rural development, Community Development Programme, cooperativ es, poverty alleviation schemes - Praveen Kishore (Inspiration's) study material (b) Green revolution and social change - Praveen Kishore (Inspiration's) study m aterial (c) Changing modes of production in Indian agriculture - Paper by Hamza Alavi (d) Problems of rural labour, bondage, migration. IGNOU , MSO 14 (iii) Industrialization and Urbanisation in India: IGNOU (a) Evolution of modern industry in India. (b) Growth of urban settlements in India. (c) Working class: structure, growth, class mobilization. (d) Informal sector, child labour Handbook of Indian Socio by Veena Das (e) Slums and deprivation in urban areas. IGNOU (iv) Politics and Society: (a) Nation, democracy and citizenship. (b) Political parties, pressure groups , social and political elite. (c) Regionalism and decentralization of power.

(d) Secularization (v) h (a) (b) (c) (d) (e) Social Movements in Modern India: Social Movements In India by Ghanshyam Sha Peasants and farmers movements. Women s movement. Backward classes & Dalit movement. Environmental movements. Ethnicity and Identity movements.

(vi) Population Dynamics: Social Demography : Asha Bhede & Kanitkar (a) Population size, growth, composition and distribution. (b) Components of population growth: birth, death, migration. (c) Population policy and family planning. (d) Emerging issues: ageing, sex ratios, child and infant mortality, reproductiv e health. : IGNOU (ESO 16 ) (vii) Challenges of Social Transformation: (a) Crisis of development: displacement, environmental problems and sustainabili ty. (b) Poverty, deprivation and inequalities. (c) Violence against women. Women in India Neera Desai (d) Caste conflicts. Politics in India : Sudipta Kaviraj (e) Ethnic conflicts, communalism, religious revivalism. IGNOU (ESO 16 ) (f) Illiteracy and disparities in education. Handbook of Indian Socio by Veena D as A book on National & Social Issues by Smarak Swain, IRS is highly recommended fo r topics against which I have not mentioned any book and also to understand how to make notes in Sociology.It also contains excellent write-ups on topics on whi ch I have already recommended some book. Caution: - Stick strictly to syllabus while referrring to any of the book above, and preferably make your own notes ( detailed or short) to save time during rev ision. Tips: Pick up a topic, scan all sources, collate them logically to make your own notes. You should do this atleast for paper-II in sociology, though it works we ll for all subjects, atleast for me. Posted by Rajiv at 5:25 AM Reactions: Labels: UPSC 30 comments: amitAugust 3, 2010 at 3:53 PM thanks a lot.. :) Reply BikramAugust 22, 2010 at 9:32 AM Sir...I am having a lot of difficulty in understanding how to go about making no tes for sociology. Elaborate? Brief? what to include, what to leave?! I would really like to know how you made your notes. Reply mayaAugust 23, 2010 at 1:44 AM This comment has been removed by the author.

Reply mayaAugust 23, 2010 at 1:45 AM thankx a bunch!u hv done a great job here! it would be evn better if you could upload some of your notes..would help us new bies a lot Reply mayaAugust 23, 2010 at 1:59 AM was thinking of getting crackias material for socio..would you suggest praveen k ishore's over it? heard a lot abt upendra , but din find his notes too gud. do send in a comment at d earliest..:)..m writing mains dis yr n hv a long way 2 go wit d prepz.. Reply RajivAugust 26, 2010 at 9:28 AM @maya...if it was humanely possible i would have uploaded my notes..but it ain't so... have heard crackias material is also good...i have suggested praveen kishore's m aterial only because i have gone through it...it is not good in all the topics b ut only in topics i have suggested here ( including paper-1 theory part).. u r right abt upendra...his notes are waste of time nd money... Reply VikramAugust 28, 2010 at 2:08 PM thanx.. @maya : all the best Reply AnonymousSeptember 2, 2010 at 8:06 PM Sir,your paper 2 book list is very very long and I do not have much time.....I w ent throught society in India by Ram Ahuja and could not find starting topics in it....do you think IGNOU notes would be enough along with Mahapatra's class roo m notes.....

The thing is that I hate reading from classroom notes...these are very much unor ganized....could you please help....?

Waiting for you reply... Thanks.... Reply RajivSeptember 3, 2010 at 4:41 AM @anonymous dude u got me all wrong...u don't have to read whole books from above ...u have to read only those chapters/sections relevant to you...that way it won 't take much time...still as a bare minimum booklist u must go through these Mahapatra notes Modernization of Indian tradition - Yogenndra Singh,Handbook of Indian Socio by

Veena Das National & Social Issues by Smarak Swain, IRS Social Movements In India by Ghanshyam Shah Reply vSeptember 25, 2010 at 7:48 PM hi sir, which book of Indology by GS. Ghurye (b) Structural functionalism (M N Srinivas). (c) Marxist sociology ( A R Desai). please tell me the name of books. Reply AnonymousSeptember 26, 2010 at 10:36 AM Indian Sociological Thought. from B. K. Nagla Reply jiteshOctober 14, 2010 at 1:32 AM Dear Sir, I have selected Anthropology as my 2nd optional. Sir pls help on this if you hav e any frd who has cracked the exam with Anthropology. many thx jitesh Reply prince kadyanOctober 30, 2010 at 7:55 AM Thanks a lot for the lifesaving blog! Reply AnonymousNovember 9, 2010 at 7:31 AM uias notes r t best 4 paper-1 Reply AnonymousJune 6, 2011 at 1:13 AM Sir, I tried procuring ignou course material online but it's only selectively availab le. could you please tell me where in delhi you got your ignou material from? i' ll really appreciate your help. Manalika Reply AnonymousJune 22, 2011 at 4:39 AM they r avaliable at jawahar book depot,ber sarai Reply AnonymousJune 23, 2011 at 8:04 PM Sir,i have recently joined the coching for sociology. i want to ask that wat str ategy should be followed to understnd sociology better..??? Mahapaatra Sir notes are sufficient? Should I make my seperate notes from class notes+ignou+books?? Plz reply Prateek Mathur

Reply JoJuly 30, 2011 at 12:25 PM sir, i am making my own notes for all the topics...referring to mahapatra sir no tes and ignou material and internet ! but this is taking too much of time...i fe el this making notes shd hav been completed much before prelims...so dat i cd on ly learn d notes n do value addition... but i ws stuck in my job then! but what to do now? shd i directly learn frm d notes n keep revising it? there r e so many viewpoints n perspectives even in paper 2....not getting a coherent st rategy ! :( Reply AnonymousAugust 16, 2011 at 12:18 PM Nice work sir thank you...this is of great help to me.. Reply AnonymousNovember 30, 2011 at 4:35 AM Hi Rajiv, Could you please let me know where did you get IGNOU MSO 14 notes? I bought the IGNOU Socio notes for MA course from Jawahar book store in Ber Sarai but the set does not contain MSO 14 neither they have it. Thanks, Satabdi Reply AnonymousJune 9, 2012 at 2:45 AM hello sir! I'm preparing for UPSC mains 2012 with Pol.Sc.and Sociology as option al.Pol.Sc. is my PhD subject(JNU)and I'm reading sociology for the first time.I know this much that it overlaps a lot with Pol.Sc. because I've attended many se minars and conferences with common topics for both and have gone through some bo oks like Ghanshyam Shah and Neera Chandoke which are common to both.I dont have the inclination and time for coaching in sociology for Mains.I want to ask you w hether its imperative to go for coaching in sociology in my case? Can you sugges t me some tips and ways for preparation sociology and crack the exam with good s core? Reply RajivJune 9, 2012 at 3:52 AM good that u hav pl. Sci. Background. Get hold of the books i mention ed and coaching notes of mahapatra sir.u won't need coaching. Make notes, if u c an! Reply AnonymousJune 16, 2012 at 1:41 AM THANKYOU SO MUCH SIR!! Reply smJuly 2, 2012 at 5:12 AM Thank you so much for your help .... I am following your pub admin tips to the T

... in regards with socio, could you pls tell me are you referring to mahapatra 's handwritten class notes or the printed study material. Reply Tapeesh RajrishiJuly 3, 2012 at 11:57 AM sir, you have written praveen kishore's maerial is good for theory part of paper 1....please elaborate. also i have joined his test series he has suggested to follow his study material only...which seems to be bulky but comprehensive, as it is unit wise and boast of covering a number of famous books. kindly help...as only 90 days remain for the game Reply UnknownAugust 11, 2012 at 10:27 PM hello sir, could you please let me know about book Sociology of Indian Society by C.N. Shan kar Rao for paper 2? Does it covers whole syllabus and can i refer it? Thanks Reply maddyJanuary 12, 2013 at 6:58 AM dear sir i am a for civil services preparation and has opted sociology as one of my optional..i had never studied the subject academically and due to financial trouble i cnt afford coaching..kindly guide me wid the list of book through whic h i cn start from the scratch and get introductory of the subject.thank you Reply RajivJanuary 13, 2013 at 6:20 AM I think that is what my whole post is about!Go thorough it again! Reply AnonymousMay 21, 2013 at 11:36 AM is it really necessary to go for coaching 4 sociology???please guide sir... Reply SHAHABAJ DANGESeptember 18, 2013 at 6:58 PM nice books.... dreamtoias.blogspot.in Reply Load more... Newer Post Older Post Home Subscribe to: Post Comments (Atom) StatCounter - Free Web Tracker and Counter View My Stats Quote of the Day Facebook Badge

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