316p., Bib., Index, 23 cm. (First Edition pub in 1997)
CONTENTS:- 1. Rural Sociology - Meaning and Definition. 2. Origin and Development of Rural Sociology. 3. Scope of Rural Sociology. 4. Importance of Rural Sociology. 5. Methods of Study 6. Relation between Rural Sociology and other Social Sciences. 7. History of Rural Community in India 8. Study of Rural Community in India. 9. Little Community and its Characteristics. 10. Peasant Society and its Features. 11. Distinction between Primitive Culture and Peasant Culture. 12. Folk Society. 13. The Village Community. 14. Sociological Importance of Village in India. 15. Main Features of Rural Society. 16. Rural Urban Contrast. 17. Change in Indian Rural Life. 18. Rural Religion. 19. Rural Festivals (Cultural Aspect). 20. Rural Family. 21. Joint Family System. 22. Rural Marriage System. 23. Caste System in India. 24. Casteism in Indian Villages. 25. Untouchability. 26. The Jajmani System. 27. Rural Hooka Group. 28. Rural Factions. 29. Rural Leadership. 30. Education and Rural Life. 31. Rural Economy. 32. Indian Rural Agricultural System. 33. Rural Recreation. 34. Rural Housing in India. 35. Rural Politics - Power Structure. 36. Village Life - India and West. 37. Village Panchayats - History and Organization. 38. Problems of Indian Rural Life. 39. Social Education. 40. Rural Reconstruction Movement in India. 41. Role of Community Development Programmes. 42. Bhoodan Movement. 43. Gramdan Movement. 44. Sarvodaya Movement. 45. Importance of Co-operatives in Rural Areas. 46. Health Planning in India. 47. Integrated Rural Development Programme.
The book has been written to serve as a textbook for students of M.A. Sociology in various Universities in the paper on Rural Sociology. While the matter for the book has been gathered from standard books, Journals and Newspapers, data have been selected from Government Publication 'India' and other such sources. The matter has been presented in an analytical style using central, side and running headings to make the subject easy to understand and remember. The language used is easy and free from technical jargon. In matters of discussion, integral and holistic approach has been adopted to give a balanced view. Selected questions drawn from university papers have been given at the end of each chapter to enable the students to prepare for examination. Thus, an attempt has been made to make this work an ideal textbook on the subject. It is hoped that the book would also be of great help to trainees, agriculturists and social workers.