Sociology Answer Writing Practice 2018 - Week 4 - Question 1

90 Days Sociology Answer Writing Practice Question 1 for 03-Dec-2018

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03-Dec-2018 - Question 1

Give a critical analysis of Andre Beteille’s study of Tanjore village. (2018)(150 words)

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Initially the social researchers preferred book view to conduct their sociological studies. However, it was realized that book view was not sufficient to understand the ground reality. As a result, sociologists started going for field view.

In the similar line, Andre Beteille went on to study Sripuram village in Tanjore. His approach was reflexive, dynamic and analytical. He talked about segmentation of caste i.e. presence of sub-castes within caste. E.g. Brahmins in Sripuram village were divided into two groups such as Srivaishnav and Samarthas.

However, his study has been criticised by some scholars on the ground that there are some value judgements given by him. This criticism has been done due to following reasons:

i)Andre Beteille has resided in Agrahara. He was supposed to follow Brahminical lifestyle.

ii)He was not allowed to go to Cherri(Place of Adi-Dravidians). Instead of visiting them, some people from Cherri were invited at a place.

iii)When he asked questions from them, most of them kept mum considering him as an outsider.

So, research was finally completed by applying some common sense.


As a result, value judgements entered in his piece of work. Thus, his study has been criticized for not being value free.


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