Sociological Traditions book looks at the sociology of India from two perspectives: first, understanding the cultural traditions of India with special reference to religious and ethical values; and second, exploring the growth of the sociological traditions of India.
Divided in two parts, the book goes beyond mere description of the main religious traditions and looks at the ethical values that are embedded in the religio-secular traditions of India. It also projects the sociological traditions of India as a historical process, a process of growth of sociological knowledge. The basic premise of the discussion is not one dominant cultural tradition but the plurality that characterizes the cultural, religious and value traditions of India, and pluralism that characterizes the sociology of India.
The title of this artfully written book is a subtle play on words: it is about the sociology of traditions and the traditions of sociology. The author is one of India`s premier sociologists, and to read his interpretations is to see a master at work. Sociological Traditions may well become the most influential of T.N. Madan`s many excellent books.