First Learnings – Reading Margaret Mead

Anthropology from late 1940s to 1960s serves a useful starting point to understand how the growing breed of sociologists and anthropologists encountered experiences, people and cultures strikingly different from those which they came from. This could be true in any century, rather more so when the first Portuguese sailors arrived at the western coast of … Continue reading First Learnings – Reading Margaret Mead

Theorizing Rape and Potential Rapists

I have often felt that the urge to theorize does more disservice to the disciplines apart from the waste of time and resources that happens anyway. The discontent is about the sort of scholarship prevails that has no link to practice. Then that begets the question if one should even care for such scholarship. It … Continue reading Theorizing Rape and Potential Rapists

Narratives, Ranajit Guha & Microcredit

I have been on an overdose of Ranajit Guha's writings and papers from the Subaltern Studies over the past few weeks. Guha's reasoning on the project of colonial historiography in Chandra's death is something I, perhaps prematurely, feel overrated. Moreover, its increasing currency is suspect as far as the merit of the argument is concerned. … Continue reading Narratives, Ranajit Guha & Microcredit

Is linguistic diversity related to development?

While discussing language this afternoon I happened to notice that linguistic diversity across the world maps quite well over the development status of countries worldwide. What I see is that the most linguistically diverse countries (or regions) of the world are also the countries which are less developed or developing according to their economic status. … Continue reading Is linguistic diversity related to development?

Sociology – Is it necessary to take sides?

The editors of n+1 magazine have gone whacking at the weeds that have grown in sociology as a discipline in their recent issue. Too Much Sociology discusses what is wrong with the nature of knowledge produced by sociology and the way it is used, appropriated or more often, tapped into, by arts, literature, politics and culture … Continue reading Sociology – Is it necessary to take sides?

Corporate – Community Relationship : An exploratory study

This summer, I finish another small study as a part of a research methods course. While findings are thin and not too reliable either, I have enjoyed every bit of it. For there are few opportunities when one can try out a variety of methods - qualitative, ethnographic, GIS based analysis, observations of various types … Continue reading Corporate – Community Relationship : An exploratory study

Not sexy enough! Cultural encounters on the cricket field

 As long as IPL was about a new format of cricket, entertainment and advertising, it was predictable and of minor interest to me. But I was hooked yesterday when I saw this fascinating encounter of the regular pompom wielding cheer girls of Chennai Super Kings with the elegantly attired (and beautiful) girls performing bharatanatyam-lavani blend ! That is a new battle field opening up … Continue reading Not sexy enough! Cultural encounters on the cricket field

Masquerades in alternative thinking: The case of education

What is ‘alternative’ about alternative education? This is where I begin. Education is not my area of expertise but I have been a teacher and experienced what it is to teach. That is where I draw my understanding from. I explore the meaning and practice of it from my own experience in tutoring seventh and … Continue reading Masquerades in alternative thinking: The case of education