Research Papers/Topics in Sociology And Anthropology

Sociology of Hinduism

In this essay on Sociology of Hinduism, I shall first include some classicists who discussed Hindu society primarily through traditional categories of Varna, Jati (literally means birth group, and Kula (clan/ family group) and the general western notion of caste that was applied to Hindu society. Generally in most discussions, although Varna refers to a different type of classification, these terms are not clearly distinguished, and usually conflated with the term ‘caste’. 

Place of subcaste

Caste as a social phenomenon has undergone many changes. The most importantoperative unit that has exemplified caste in its discourse is subcaste ( jati)identity. Both within India and certainly in the diaspora, there is now increasingevidence of the dissolution of subcaste ( jati) identities giving rise to variousother formations of groups replacing the endogamous relationships with otherarbitrary group formations. In this article, I examine some evidence from SouthAfrica, the West Indies an...

Grey street in Durban

In this paper, I wish to explore the life in the mid-19th to 20th century in the Durban-based Indian Casbah andits enduring legacy. In exploring the Casbah life in Durban, I wish to pay special attention to the narratives ofthe people who either were associated with it and had living memories of it, or remember the many storiespassed on to them by their families.1 The central question that I explore in analysing these narratives is:does Casbah in the diaspora enable the diasporic community to...

Andhra Pradhesh Economic and Social Relations

The social relations of castes and their tribal counterparts invarious regions of Andhra are structured on the basis of various economic exchanges, and thestatus of being lower and higher is not necessarily expressed in purity and pollution termsvis-a-vis ritual, but rather on the basis of services and products that they can exchange.Privileging the ritual sphere to explain social relations of castes and tribes, as done by Dumont(1980) and many other later anthropologists (Pfaffenberger 1980)...

Geopolitics of Conflicts Refugees in the Middle East North Africa 1

Geopolitically intertwined and strategically significant refugee policy in the MENA region is frequently analyzed in light of well-documented ethnic, religious, class, and border conflicts. However, the policy is also inexorably linked to the broader geopolitics of the global refugee protection regime and discourse. This article analyzes the complex relationship between geopolitics, domestic political dynamics, and their attendant crises in the MENA region. The complex set of political shockw...

Lived experiences and consequences of unemployment on young women in Mahalapye, Botswana

The purpose of the present study was to identify factors that contribute to unemployment among young women aged 20-35 in Mahalapye village, investigate the effects of being unemployed, determine sources of support available to unemployed young women, and identify the gaps in state assistance in this regard. The study utilized a survey research method and adopted a descriptive research design. Cluster sampling was used with the sample size being one hundred (100) unemployed young women i...