Ritzer, G. 1996. Sociological Theory. New York: McGraw Hill Companies.









Unit 1. Introducing Population Studies [Weeks 1-3] 

a. Sociology and Demography 

• Durkheim,  Emile.  1982  (1895).  The  Rules  of  Sociological  Method.  (trans.  W.  D. 

Halls). New York: The Free Press, pp. 136-137; 188, 203.  

• Cox, Peter Richmond. 1950. Demography. University of California Press, pp. 01-08.  

• Davis, Kingsley. 1951. ‘Caste and Demography’, Population of India and Pakistan, 

Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, pp. 52-60.  

• Guilmoto,  Christophe  Z.  2011.  ‘Demography for Anthropologists: Populations, 

Castes, and Classes’. In Isabelle Clark-Decès (ed.). A Companion to the Anthropology 

of India, Blackwell Publishing Ltd. pp. 25-41.  

b. Concepts and approach 

• Malthus,  Thomas  Robert.  1986.  An  Essay  on  the  Principle  of  Population.  London: 

William Pickering, Chapters 1-2, pp. 01-11.  

• Dudley,  Kirk.  1996.  ‘Demographic  Transition  Theory’,  Population  Studies,  50(3): 


Unit 2. Population, Social Structure and Processes [Weeks 4-6]  

a. Age and Sex Structure, Population Size and Growth  

• Premi, Mahendra K. 2006. ‘Population Composition (Age and Sex)’, Population of 

India: In the New Millennium. New Delhi: National Book Trust, pp.103-127.  

• Visaria,  Pravin  and  Visaria,  Leela.  2006.  ‘India’s  Population:  Its  Growth  and  Key 

Characteristics’.  In  Veena  Das  (ed.).  Handbook  of  Indian  Sociology,  New  Delhi: 

Oxford University Press, pp. 61-77.  

b. Fertility, Reproduction and Mortality  

• Heer,  David  M.  and  Grigsby,  Jill  S.  1992.  ‘Fertility’, Society and Population. New 

Delhi: Prentice-Hall, pp. 46-61. 

• Haq, Ehsanul. 2007. ‘Sociology of Infant Mortality in India’, Think India Quarterly, 

July-September, 10(3): 14-57. 

Unit 3. Population, Gender and Migration [Weeks 7-10]  

a. Population and Gender  

• Jeffrey, Roger and Jeffrey, Patricia. 1997. Population, Gender and Politics: 

Demographic  Change  in  Rural  North  India.  Cambridge:  Cambridge  University  Press, 


• Patel, Tulsi. 2007. ‘Female Foeticide: Family Planning and StateSociety Intersection 

in India’. In T. Patel (ed.). Sex-selective Abortion in India: Gender, Society and New 

Reproductive Technologies. New Delhi: Sage Publications, pp. 316-356.  

b. Politics of Migration 

• Kaur, Ravinder. 2004. ‘Across Region Marriages: Poverty, Female Migration and the 

Sex Ratio’, Economic & Political Weekly, XXXIX (25): 2595-2603.  

• Xaxa, Virginius. 2004. ‘Women and Gender in the Study of Tribes in India’, Indian 

Journal of Gender Studies, 11(3): 345-367. 3.2.3 Chopra, Radhika. 2011. Militant and 

Migrant:  The  Politics  and  Social  History  of  Punjab.  Routledge  Publications,  pp.  88-134.  

Unit 4. Population Dynamics and Development: [Weeks 11-13]  

• Furedi, Frank. 1997. Population and Development: A Critical Introduction. Oxford: Polity 

Press, Chapters 4&5, pp. 40-55.  4.2.1  Visaria,  P.  1976.  ‘Recent  Trends  in  Indian 

Population Policy’, Economic and Political Weekly, August, 2: 31-34.  

• Government of India. 2000. National Population Policy. New Delhi 


[Projects,  presentations,  feature  films  and  documentary  screenings  and  field  visits  will  be  an 

integral part of the coursework]   


• Mukherjee, Radhakamal. 1934. ‘On the Criterion of Optimum Population’, American Journal 

of Sociology, 40(3): 344-348.  

• Sen,  Amartya,  2003.  ‘Population:  Delusion  and  Reality’,  Asian  Affairs  Caldwell,  John  C. 

2001. ‘Demographers and the Study of Mortality: Scope, Perspectives and Theory’, Annals of 

the New York Academy of Sciences, 954: 19-34. 

• Castles, Stephen. 2003. ‘The International Politics of Forced Migration’, Development, 46(3): 


• Dyson,  Tim  and  Moore,  Michael.  1983.  ‘On  Kinship  Structure:  Female  Autonomy  and 

Demographic Behaviour in India’, Population and Development Review, 9(1): 35-60.  

• Bose,  Ashish.  (ed.).  1974.  Population  in  India’s  Development  (1947-2000).  Delhi:  Vikas 

Publishing House. 



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Further Readings:  

• Dhanagare,  D.N  (1999),  Themes  and  Perspectives  in  Indian  Sociology,  Delhi:  Rawat 

Publications. Chp 7  

• Mukerjee, Radhakamal 1951, The Dynamics of Morals, London: Macmillan & Co Mukerji 

D.P.  (1942  republished  2002),  Modern  Indian  Culture:  A  Sociological  Study,  New  Delhi: 

Rupa & Co. 

• Elwin, Verrier 1952, Bondo Highlander, Bombay: OUP  

• Madan  T  N  2011,  Sociological  Traditions:  Methods  and  Perspectives  in  the  Sociology  of 

India, New Delhi: Sage 

• Uberoi, Patricia Despande Satish and Sundar Nandini (ed) 2010, Anthropology in the East: 

Founders of Indian Sociology and Anthropology, New Delhi: Permanent Black  

• Karve,  Irawati  (1969  reprinted  1991),  Yuganta:  The  end  of  an  epoch,  Hyderabad:  Disha 


• Karve, Irawati 1961, Hindu Society — an interpretation, Pune: Deshmukh Prakashan.



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