MSO - 004

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December, 2017

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Attempt at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION – I

  1. Discuss the socio-economic context for the emergence of sociology in India.
  2. Critically examine the significance of the attributional approach to the study of caste system in India.
  3. Discuss the perspectives on the study of family system in India.
  4. Critically examine the views of Ambedkar and Lohia on caste system in India.
  5. Discuss the impact of census on the sociological understanding of caste system in India.

SECTION – II

  1. Discuss with illustration the processes of transformation of tribal groups in India.
  2. What do you understand by globalization ? Explain its impact on Indian Society.
  3. Discuss the process of secularisation in India. How is it different from the Western process of
    secularization ?
  4. Examine the relationship between religion and politics in contemporary India.
  5. What is a peasant movement ? Discuss the changing nature of collective mobilization of peasants in India.

June 2017

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Attempt at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION – I

  1. Discuss the growth of sociology as a discipline in India.
  2. Write a critique of the colonial perspective on the study of caste system in India.
  3. Explain the social structure of Indian village with respect to caste, class and gender.
  4. Explain the significance of the descent approach to the study of caste system in India.
  5. Discuss the emerging class structure in agrarian societies in contemporary India.

SECTION – II

  1. Discuss the debate between Vermier Elwin and G.S.Ghurye on the tribal question in India.
  2. Examine the relation between religion and culture in India.
  3. Distinguish between old and new social movements with suitable illustrations.
  4. What do you understand by urbanization? Explain its impact on rural India.
  5. What is a post industrial society? Is India entering into a post industrial society? Justify your answer with suitable illustrations.

December, 2016

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Select at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION - I

  1. Discuss the historical roots of Indian Sociology.
  2. Compare the descent and alliance theories to study the kinship systems.
  3. Critically analyse the agrarian class structures in India.
  4. Describe the evolution of middle class in India.
  5. Explain the relationship between gender and caste.

SECTION - II

  1. 'Religions plays a cohesive role in Indian Society'. Discuss.
  2. Explain the concept of migration. Discuss the factors that facilitate migration.
  3. Elucidate the relationship between globalization, culture and identity in India.
  4. Discuss the critical dimensions of social movements and their transformation.
  5. Discuss social differentiation among tribes in India.

June, 2016

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Select at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION - I

  1. Distinguish between administrative and sociological approaches in the study of Indian society in pre-independence period.
  2. Explain the interface between caste, class and gender in the study of Indian villages.
  3. 'Religion provides the basis for unity and diversity in Indian Society'. Examine.
  4. Compare and contrast the functionalist and conflict perspectives on the family.
  5. Critically analyse the relationship between modernity and the middle class in contemporary India.

SECTION - II

  1. Discuss the main features of mixed economy in India.
  2. Critically analyse G.S. Ghurye's perspective on tribes in India.
  3. Discuss the nexus between religion and politics in India.
  4. What is a social movement ? Discuss the features of peasant movements in India.
  5. How did secularism shape the Indian National Movement ? Discuss.

December, 2015

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Select at least two questions from each section.

SECTION - I

  1. Discuss the major approaches of the Westerners to understand Indian society.
  2. Analyse Ambedkar's interpretation of the Varna theory.
  3. Explain the articulation of caste in Census operations.
  4. "A household is not a unified and undifferentiated category." Discuss.
  5. Describe the working class in Indian society.

SECTION - II

  1. Discuss tribe, territory and common property resources.
  2. What is Schism ? Explain its scope in the integration of religion in India.
  3. Explain the concept of secularism in the context of Indian society.
  4. Discuss the industrialisation process in India.
  5. Outline the origin of social movements and their transformation.

June 2015

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Select at least two questions from each section.

SECTION - I

  1. Discuss the general features and significance of the Indian village.
  2. Differentiate between the book-view and the field-view of caste in India.
  3. Is the institution of marriage universal in India ? Discuss with examples.
  4. Critically assess the idea of feudalism in agrarian society.
  5. Discuss the relationship between caste and gender in Indian society.

SECTION - II

  1. Discuss the processes of Sanskritization and Hinduization among the tribes.
  2. Critically evaluate the role of religion in contemporary Indian politics.
  3. Analyse the social effects and problems of urbanization in Indian society.
  4. Discuss the nature of culture and identity in the era of globalization.
  5. Analyse the nature of radical peasant movements in India.

 December, 2014

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Select at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION - I

  1. Compare Verrier Elwin and G.S. Ghurye's perspectives on tribes.
  2. Discuss the relevance of descent theory to the study of kinship system in India.
  3. In the context of religion, what does rivalry, schism and integration mean ? Explain with examples.
  4. How are industrialisation, migration and urbanisation interrelated ? Discuss.
  5. What is globalisation ? Discuss its major features.

SECTION - II

  1. What is the significance of village studies in India ?
  2. Discuss the colonial interpretation of the varna model of caste in India.
  3. Describe B.R. Ambedkar's views on Caste in India.
  4. Describe the rules regulating Hindu marriage in India.
  5. Discuss the role of peasantry in radical movements in India.

June, 2014

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Answer at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION I

  1. Discuss the major themes in early sociology in India.
  2. Discuss the impact of the census on the sociological understanding of caste.
  3. Describe at least two perspectives on family, with suitable examples.
  4. Is gender equality possible in a domestic group ? Discuss.
  5. What is a social movement ? Discuss its various types.

SECTION II

  1. What did Garrett Hardin mean by the "Tragedy of the Commons" ? Discuss.
  2. Are the tribes in India related with castes ? Discuss with examples.
  3. How does religion influence politics in India ? Discuss with suitable examples.
  4. Does globalisation lead to cultural homogenisation in India ? Critically examine.
  5. Explain the concept of migration. What are its various types ?

December, 2013

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Select at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION - I

  1. Discuss the relationship among caste, class and gender in rural India.
  2. Distinguish between the book-view and the field-view of caste.
  3. 'Household is a cooperative-conflicting unit'- Discuss.
  4. Discuss the changing agrarian class-structure in India.
  5. Explain the significance of the alliance theory in the study of kinship in India.

SECTION - II

  1. Critically examine the process of Hinduization of tribes.
  2. What are the cohesive and divisive elements in religions in India ? Discuss with example.
  3. Analyse the impacts of globalization on the middle class in India.
  4. Discuss changing features of peasant movements in India.
  5. Elucidate the relation between religion and politics in India.

June, 2013

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Select at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION - I

  1. Discuss the social background of the emergence of sociology in India.
  2. Compare the colonial perspective on caste with the Brahmanical view.
  3. Discuss the changing patterns of marriage with suitable examples.
  4. Do you agree with the view that of the joint family system is disintegrating in India? Discuss.
  5. Describe the growth of the working class in India.

SECTION - II

  1. Describe the nature of social differentiation among tribes in India.
  2. Discuss the salient features of secularism in India.
  3. Explain the impact of migration in rural society in India.
  4. Discuss the concepts and features of new social movements.
  5. Discuss the features of globalization and show its impact on Indian society.

December, 2012

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Select at least two questions from each section.

SECTION - I

  1. Industrialisation has brought about significant changes in Indian economy'. Discuss.
  2. Critically discuss Ambedkar's interpretation of the varna ideology.
  3. Discuss Lohia's resolution for annihilation of caste in the 'End Caste Conference'.
  4. Discuss the western interpretation of Indian social reality prevalent in eighteenth century.
  5. Does an analysis of kinship terms provide an insight into kinship structure ? Discuss with the help of a suitable example.

SECTION - II

  1. Explain how urbanisation affected position of women in society ?
  2. What are the social and political consequences of globalisation in India ?
  3. Does hinduisation of tribes ensures their integration with caste society ? Discuss.
  4. What do you understand by tribe-caste continution ?
  5. What do you understand by social differentiation? Discuss social differentiation among tribes on the basis of rank and hierarchy.

June, 2012

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Select at least two questions from each section.

SECTION - I

  1. Explain Theodor Shanin's concept of peasant society.
  2. Critically examine the feminist viewpoint on family.
  3. What were the major reforms that Ambedkar suggested in Hindu religion to dismantle the caste system ?
  4. What do you understand by 'field-view' of caste ? Substantiate your answer with a suitable example.
  5. Do you agree with that middle class in India is bearer of modernity ? Discuss.

SECTION - II

  1. Identify the chief reasons for rural-urban migration.
  2. Discuss the impact of urbanisation on rural lifestyle.
  3. Does Sanskritization exist in tribal societies ? Discuss.
  4. Explain the concept of secularism with special reference to the Indian National Movement.
  5. Discuss the cohesive aspects of religions in India.

December, 2011

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Select at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION - I

  1. Discuss different approaches to the study of sacred and secular order.
  2. Discuss social differentiation among the tribes in India.
  3. Discuss with examples various types of migration in India.
  4. What are social movements ? How are "new" social movements different from the "old" ?
  5. Why and how did Nehru disagree with Gandhi on industrialization ?

SECTION - II

  1. Compare Ambedkar's and Lohia's views on caste in India.
  2. Distinguish between the book view and the field view of caste.
  3. Explain the relationship between caste and gender.
  4. How do caste norms regulate institution of marriage in India ?
  5. Discuss why the study of villages in India gain prominence during 1950s and 1960s ?

June, 2011

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Select at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION - I

  1. Provide a historical background to the emergence of 'village studies' in India.
  2. Evaluate the role of the colonial administrators in articulating the caste system.
  3. Discuss the factors contributing to change in family in India.
  4. Critically examine the classical notion of undifferentiated peasant society.
  5. Discuss the application of alliance theory to the study of South Indian kinship patterns.

SECTION - II

  1. Critically examine G.S. Ghurye's perspective on tribes in India.
  2. Examine the interrelationship between religion and politics in India.
  3. Discuss the social context of the emergence of radical peasant movements in India.
  4. Discuss different perspectives on globalization.
  5. What is secularism ? flow did it shape the Indian National Movement ?

December 2010

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Select at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION - I

  1. Briefly examine various perspectives on family in India.
  2. Discuss the ideology of purity and pollution as a defining feature of caste system.
  3. Identify the features of Indian village.
  4. Discuss the colonial perspectives on caste system.
  5. Discuss how descent theory contribute to the understanding of Kinship System in North India.

SECTION - II

  1. Compare the views of Verrien Elwin and G.S.Ghurye on tribes in India.
  2. What is secularism? Distinguish between the practice of secularism in India and the west.
  3. Examine the social effects of urbanization in India.
  4. Describe the historical background of industrialization in India.
  5. Tribal identity in India is a historical contract. Discuss.

June 2010

Answer any five of the following questions in about 500 words each. Select at least two questions from each section. All questions carry equal marks.

SECTION - I

  1. Outline the historical background of the discipline of sociology in India.
  2. Discuss the types of family in India.
  3. Discuss the 'field-view' of village in India.
  4. 'Marriage institution universal in India'. Discuss.
  5. Examine the relationship between gender and caste.

SECTION - II

  1. Does religion play a cohesive role in Indian Society ? Comment.
  2. Discuss the main features of mixed economy in India. What are social movements ?
  3. Distinguish between 'old' and 'new' 'social' movements.
  4. How is the process of globalization affecting different social institutions in India ?
  5. Define the concept of migration and discuss factors that facilitate migration.

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