5.3 Indigenous and exogenous processes of socio-cultural change in Indian society: Sanskritization, Westernization, Modernization; Inter-play of little and great traditions; Panchayati raj and social change; Media and social change.

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5.3 Indigenous and exogenous processes of socio-cultural change in Indian society:

  • Sanskritization, Westernization, Modernization;
  • Inter-play of little and great traditions;
  • Panchayati raj and social change;
  • Media and social change.

Previous Questions:


* What do you understand by the dynamics of Caste mobility? How did the concept of Sanskritization contribute to its functionality? (20Marks 2015)


* Panchayatiraj institutions and social change (10Marks 2015)


* Examine the Social implications of media & communication technology (20Marks 2015)


* Great tradition and little tradition (10Marks 2014) (S.N - 1996) (S.N - 1987)


* Indian farmers are not slow to react to economic opportunities. Discuss this statement.(15Marks - 2013)


* Participatory Rural Appraisal. (12Marks - 2012)


* Critique of the concept of Great and Little Tradition. (15Marks – 2011)


*“Modernity has entered Indian character and society, but it has done so through assimilation, not replacement.” Discuss. (30Marks - 2011)


* Universalization and Parochialization (15 Marks — 2010) (S.N - 1997) (S.N - 1985)


*Sanskritization as a mode of social change (20 Marks — 2009) (S.N - 1992)


* What are the various exogenous processes of socio-cultural changes in Indian Society? (20 Marks — 2009)


* Critically examine concepts of little & Great Traditions for understanding Indian Villages.(L.Q 2008)


* Critically review the process of social changes the contemporary Indian society is undergoing. (L.Q - 2006)


* Sanskritization and westernization. (S.N - 2002)


* Great Traditions (S.N - 1999)


* Distinguish between Sanskritization and de - sanskritization. Critically examine the impact of Sanskritization on Social Mobility in India (LQ -1999)


* Do you think that the process of Sanskritization leads to any structural changes in the society? Discuss with reference to the Modern Indian Society. (L.Q - 1994)


* Discuss in what way the study of great tradition and little tradition is essential for understanding the cultural processes of Indian Civilization. (L.Q -1992).


* Relationship between Sanskritizatjon and Westernization as process of socio cultural change. (S.N- 1991)


* Sanskritization as a factor o social change among the scheduled castes of India. (S.N - 1990)


* ‘Tradition is a single unbroken chain’. Discuss this statement throwing light on the relevance of the use of the terms great tradition And little tradition in India in the fields of (a) religion (b) kinship and (C) Agriculture. (L.Q - 1987)


* Discuss how the concepts of sanskritization & westernization explain the process of change in Indian Society &Culture. (L.Q – 1986)

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