The Department of Sociology is committed to fostering critical awareness and a nuanced understanding of contemporary society. We encourage our students to think deeply about what it means to inhabit the world with others, and how these relations affect our selves. At the same time, we understand that our individual and collective modes of inhabitance are constantly changing along with broader historical, social and cultural shifts. As we live through these shifts, we react to them based on our common sense. However, a training in the sociological imagination gives us an understanding of the inter-connectedness of the different facets of life and living.
At the department, our focus is on the contemporary in conversation with established new and classical theoretical and pedagogical traditions. By emphasizing a critical empiricism that is central to the fieldwork, archival, and ethnographic tradition of sociology and social anthropology, the... read more
The recent ‘digital turn’ in Indian urban planning relates to the idea that technology will overcome structural issues and lead to ‘efficient’ and ‘clean’ governance.... read more
The two urban cases that are the focus of this project - Delhi NCR (India) and Johannesburg (South Africa) - have acquired a reputation for very high levels of sexual... read more