‘At the point of confluence of sociology and Indology’: Louis Dumont’s postulate reconsidered

@article{Michaels2020AtTP,
  title={‘At the point of confluence of sociology and Indology’: Louis Dumont’s postulate reconsidered},
  author={Axel Michaels},
  journal={Contributions to Indian Sociology},
  year={2020},
  volume={54},
  pages={357 - 387}
}
  • A. Michaels
  • Published 1 October 2020
  • Sociology
  • Contributions to Indian Sociology
In this article, I aim to show how Louis Dumont’s famous claim that ‘the condition for a sound development of Sociology of India is found in the establishment of the proper relation between it and classical Indology’ has become obsolete and was from the beginning a problematic postulate. I first develop the historical background of the denigration of anthropological approaches in India against the rise of an idealising Indology as a philological discipline. Then I discuss the structural… 

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