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A Sceptical Note on Secularism

and.. came up, lacking in critical reflections) or into a strong opposition and defensive stance ('do you mean to say participatory research was not undertaken by any sociologist?', etc). The 'All India Sociological Conference' 1993 had a panel on 'Gender and Society'. Barring a few papers, most focused on 'Status of Women' or reiterated the existence of patriarchy (Abstracts, Panel IV), thereby ignoring both the theoretical and methodological challenges posed to sociology. In fact in her theme paper, Gujata Patel points out the importance of gender-sensitivity in the studies on caste and kinship and comments that sociology in India has not integrated these critical issues in its discourse in a cognitive manner [Patel 1993].

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