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Economics and Political Economy

women in Andrea Menefee King's methodological approach to the "Study of Women in India'' ("Women in Contemporary India", p 206). Implied in this formulation is a deep-seated resistance to change, an assumption that social mobility will always have to operate within the existing framework of caste structure, not to mention the somewhat sentimental notion of freedom in society. Fortunately, one does not have to go very far to look for the triviality of the level of generalisation that can be brought about by micro-studies in sociology, which this Beteille model tends to inspire. In the 'methodology' essay, just mentioned, King refers to Olivia Stokes' essay on "Women of Rural Bihar'' ("Indian Women", pp 215 ff) in order to conic to an important conclusion:

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