Talking Sociology is the ninth title in the OUP series of Ramin Jahanbegloo's conversations with prominent intellectuals who have made significant contribution in shaping the modern Indian thought. The present volume covers the life and works of the influential Indian sociologist and public intellectual, Dipankar Gupta. As a social scientist, Gupta has made remarkable contribution to contemporary social theory by redefining and reconstructing the central
concepts of the past masters and taking sociology beyond its disciplinary boundaries by helping several generations of Indians understand contemporary social change and transformation of institutions. He is considered the most insightful analyst of modernity and modernization in India. The conversation in this
volume revolves around Gupta's career and contribution to the field, and discusses the key areas of sociology such as the problem of social stratification, citizenship and democracy, and the caste system and ethnic groups in India.
RAMIN JAHANBEGLOO is professor and vice dean and executive director, Mahatma Gandhi Centre for Peace Studies, O.P. Jindal Global University, Sonipat, Haryana. He did his PhD in philosophy from the Sorbonne University, France. He is the author of 'Talking India: Ashis Nandy in Conversation with Ramin Jahanbegloo' (OUP 2006), 'India Revisited: Conversations on Contemporary India' (OUP 2007), 'India Analysed: Sudhir Kakar in Conversation with Ramin Jahanbegloo' (OUP 2015), 'Talking Architecture: Raj Rewal in Conversation with Ramin Jahanbegloo' (OUP 2009), 'Talking Politics: Bhikhu Parekh in Conversation with Ramin Jahanbegloo' (OUP 2011), 'Talking Environment: Vandana Shiva in Conversation with Ramin Jahanbegloo' (OUP 2013), 'Talking Philosophy: Richard Sorabji in Conversation with Ramin Jahanbegloo' (OUP 2015) and 'Talking History: Romila Thapar in Conversation with Ramin Jahanbegloo' (OUP 2017). In October 2009 Jahanbegloo was awarded the Peace Prize by the United Nations Association in Spain for his extensive academic works in promoting dialogue between cultures and his advocacy for non-violence. DIPANKAR GUPTA has taught for nearly three decades in the Jawaharlal Nehru University. He was also Professor in the Delhi School of Economics between 1992-1994. He has worked on Social Stratification, Ethnicity, Modernity and Peasant Mobilization. In recent years, he has written extensively on social policy and has been a Member in a number of Boards such as the Reserve Bank of India, National Security Advisory Board, National Broadcasting Standards Association. He also led the Division on Business Ethics in KPMG, India between 1998-2006. He has held visiting assignments in several universities in India, Europe, USA and UK. Besides this book he has authored and edited 19 others. He was awarded 'Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres' by the French Government in 2010.