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Title: M. N. Srinivas

M.N. Srinivas


Mysore Narasimhachar Srinivas
  • Mysore Narasimhachar Srinivas
  • 1916 - 1999
  • Established the discipline of sociology in independent India
  • Structural functional perspective
  • Ethnographic method
  • Fieldwork and participant
  • Micro empirical setting
  • Considered book-view as “conjectural history”
  • Influenced by Radcliffe Brown


  • Marriage and Family in Mysore, 1942
  • Religion and Society Among the Coorgs of South India, 1952
  • India՚s Villages
  • Caste in Modern India 1962
  • Social Change in Modern India, 1963
  • Remembered Village, 1976 – Rampura village
  • Dimensions of Social Change in India, 1977
  • Indian Society through Personal Writings, 1998
  • Village, Caste, Gender and Method , 1998
  • The Dominant Caste and Other Essays (edited by him)


  • Indian society
  • Village communities
  • Indian caste system – social change and social mobility
  • Sanskritization - Coorgs
  • Westernisation
  • Dominant Caste
  • Secularism
  • Vote Banks
  • Rejected book view of society as promoted by Indologists, orientalists, etc.
  • Field-view and intense field -work in local communities
  • “The result was the rejection of an essentialized and static view of Indian society as a rigid and inflexible, Chaturvarna system, governed by unchanging religious beliefs and laws, a view adopted even by Henry Maine and Karl Marx.”
  • Caste was not about to disappear but would rather transform in manifold ways
  • Dynamics of caste relations

Functional Unity

  • Interaction in ritual context of different castes in Coorg and Rampura
  • Castes are interdependent on each other


Process of innovation in institutions and ideological formulation after independence to deal with questions of religious groups and also of minorities


1. Cultural imitation by dwaja for Srinivas, meant ________

1. Brahminisation

2. Westernisation

3. Modernisation

4. Secularism

Answer: 1

2. Srinivas considered villages as ________

(a) A ground for cultural innovation

(b) Microcosm of Indian civilization

(c) A ground for retaining traditions

(d) A result of socio-economic innovation


1. d only

2. a and c

3. b and c

4. a, b and c

Answer: 3