Sanskritization: The career of an anthropological theory

  title={Sanskritization: The career of an anthropological theory},
  author={Simon R. Charsley},
  journal={Contributions to Indian Sociology},
  pages={527 - 549}
  • S. Charsley
  • Published 1 November 1998
  • Sociology
  • Contributions to Indian Sociology
The paper sketches the origins and development of one of the most widely influential of anthropological contributions to thinking about Indian society, 'Sanskritization', tracing its sources and its evolution in the thought of M.N. Srinivas, its author. As a process, he identified it first in his work as a student of G.S. Ghurye on 1930's rural Mysore. The roots and the form of this identification are examined. The theory was named and proclaimed in his classic Religion and society among the… Expand
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