Andre Beteille’s contribution to and influence on the way sociology is researched, studied, and taught in India has been immense. Bringing together the essence of Béteille’s ideas and writings, this collection of 19 essays has been especially selected and introduced by Dipankar Gupta. He characterizes Béteille as an ‘anti-Utopian’, since Béteille is not enchanted by the romance of an ideal society but trusts the potentialities of liberal democracy to benefit the individual. This paperback edition includes a new Preface by Gupta which reflects on the enduring significance of Béteille’s work for public discourse.
About the Author
Dipankar Gupta is former Professor, Centre for the Study of Social Systems, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi.