Workshop 3: Social Mobility in its Indian Complexity: Conceptual and Methodological Dynamics

Workshop 3:  Social Mobility in its Indian Complexity: Conceptual and Methodological Dynamics

Coordinator:

  • Dr. Thanuja Mummidi – Anthropologist (Pondicherry University)

Invited Tutors:

  • Prof. Partha N. Mukherjee – Sociologist
  • Prof. D.N. Dhanagare – Sociologist
  • Prof. Venkatesh Athreya – Economist
  • Dr. Alexandra De Heering – Historian

Argument-Purpose: Caste, class, structure, stratification and status have been the  mainstay   of sociological/social anthropological research on Indian society. Research on social mobility introduced as early as the 1930’s (Sorokin, 1937) in the west was slow to catch up in India in its given specificity. This specificity lies in the challenge of disentangling the mainstay concepts. With time social mobility research in India has progressed taking into consideration new dimensions of inequality. Consequently, social mobility research both from the conceptual and methodological aspects is made dynamic. This workshop hopes to encourage and orient a young generation of research scholars to probe this dynamism.

The workshop follows the following sequence: Day 1 is devoted exclusively to methodology of social science. Day 2 and part of Day 3 follows up with methodological and substantive research and issues in social mobility research specific to India. Day 3 also attempts to initiate the group into thinking over specific research designs as an outcome of the series of lectures. The concluding Day 4 is devoted to Group Work Restitution, sharing workshop experience and results.


Workshop Schedule: 

DAY 1 – TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29
Introduction

9.00-9.30am

Opening speech-Dr. Thanuja  M.

Introduction and objectives of the workshop    

Presentation of participants

9.30-11.00pm Lecture 1 – Prof. D.N. Dhanagare

Meaning of Methodology: epistemological issues in formulating research problem

11.15-12.30pm

2.00-3.15pm

Lectures 2 and 3 – Prof. Partha N. Mukherji

Methods and Methodology in Social Science Research: Methodological monism to pluralism

3.30-5.00pm Lecture 4- Prof. D.N. Dhanagare

Historical Method and its application: The case of migration and social mobility

DAY 2 – WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30
9.00-10.45am Lecture 5 – Prof. Partha N. Mukherji

Conceptual-methodological orientation to social mobility

11.00-12.30pm Lecture 6 – Prof. Venkatesh Athreya

Agrarian change and social mobility

2.00-3.30pm

 

3.45-5.15pm

Lecture 7 – Prof. Venkatesh Athreya

Agrarian change and social mobility (contd)

Lecture 8 – Prof. D.N. Dhanagare

Reservation and Social mobility

DAY 3 – THURSDAY, DECEMBER 1
9.15-10.45am Lecture 8 – Prof. D.N.Dhanagare

Social movement and Social mobility

11.00-12.30pm

 

2.00-5.30pm

 

Lecture 9 – Prof. Partha N. Mukherji

Research Design for Social Mobility

Preparing project- group work

DAY 4 – FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2
Group work restitution
  Discussion of the results and the workshops

 

 


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