Sociology (Optional) Mindmaps

IE Mindmaps Sociology

Referred Sources

  1. Haralambos and Holborn (blue & orange )
  2. IGNOU Material
  3. Seeing sociology in everyday life by J.J.Macionis
  4. Sociological theory – George Ritzer
  5. Oxford dictionary of Sociology
  6. Research papers from internet
  7. More sources will be added with the addition of more mindmaps


Update Log

June 25, 2020 – Paper 1 – Theories of Stratification and Sociological Theories of change uploaded.

June 16, 2020 – Uploaded the “Works and Economic Life” chapter in Part I.

June 9,  2020 – Uploaded the following

  • Concepts- equality, inequality, hierarchy, exclusion, poverty and deprivation.
  • Nation, state, citizenship, democracy, civil society, ideology
  • Protest, agitation, social movements, collective action, revolution


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Karl Marx in Paper 1 and G S Ghurye in Paper 2 are FREE. Open them as samples.


2. Sociology as Science

3. Research Methods and Analysis


5. Stratification and Mobility


9. Systems of Kinship

10. Social Change in Modern Society





A. Introducing Indian Society:

(i) Perspectives on the study of Indian society

(ii) Impact of colonial rule on Indian society

  • Social background of Indian nationalism
  • Modernization of Indian tradition
  • Protests and movements during the colonial period
  • Social reforms



B. Social Structure

(i) Rural and Agrarian Social Structure

  • The idea of Indian village and village studies
  • Agrarian social structure – evolution of land tenure system, & land reforms.


(ii) Caste System

  • Perspectives on the study of caste systems: GS Ghurye, M N Srinivas, Louis Dumont, Andre Beteille
  • Features of caste system
  • Untouchability – forms and perspectives


(iii) Tribal communities in India

  • Definitional problems
  • Geographical spread
  • Colonial policies and tribes
  • Issues of integration and autonomy


(iv) Social Classes in India

  • Agrarian class structure
  • Industrial class structure
  • Middle classes in India


(v) Systems of Kinship in India

  • Lineage and descent in India
  • Types of kinship systems
  • Family and marriage in India
  • Household dimensions of the family
  • Patriarchy, entitlements and sexual division of labour


(vi) Religion and Society

  • Religious communities in India
  • Problems of religious minorities



C. Social Changes in India

(i) Visions of Social Change in India

  • Idea of development planning and mixed economy
  • Constitution, law and social change
  • Education and social change


(ii) Rural and Agrarian transformation in India

  • Programmes of rural development, Community Development Programme, cooperatives, poverty alleviation schemes
  • Green revolution and social change
  • Changing modes of production in Indian agriculture
  • Problems of rural labour, bondage, migration


(iii) Industrialization and Urbanisation in India

  • Evolution of modern industry in India
  • Growth of urban settlements in India
  • Working class: structure, growth, class mobilization
  • Informal sector, child labour
  • Slums and deprivation in urban areas


(iv) Politics and Society

  • Nation, democracy and citizenship
  • Political parties, pressure groups, social and political elite
  • Regionalism and decentralization of power
  • Secularization


(v) Social Movements in Modern India

  • Peasants and farmers movements
  • Women’s movement
  • Backward classes & Dalit movement
  • Environmental movements
  • Ethnicity and Identity movements


(vi) Population Dynamics

  • Population size, growth, composition and distribution
  • Components of population growth: birth, death, migration
  • Population policy and family planning
  • Emerging issues: ageing, sex ratios, child and infant mortality, reproductive health


(vii) Challenges of Social Transformation

  • Crisis of development: displacement, environmental problems and sustainability
  • Poverty, deprivation and inequalities
  • Violence against women
  • Caste conflicts
  • Ethnic conflicts, communalism, religious revivalism
  • Illiteracy and disparities in education


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Nabanita Sharma
Nabanita Sharma
26 days ago

Sir please psychology ka bhi kijiye na if possible

kv 5
kv 5
26 days ago

Is there any plan to include psychology also ?

20 days ago

Anthropology pls

Manicklal Chakraborty
Manicklal Chakraborty
16 days ago

Sir i am Hospitality professional turn to FACULTY for Hospitality industry interested in writing articles / Social issues / politics / and story stories based on theme – how can i participate IE.
Please revert me
Tanks and regards

11 days ago

Sir when is the entire syllabus of socio is expected to be completed?