Surinder S. JODHKA


Surinder S. Jodhka is Professor of Sociology at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is also an affiliate Senior Fellow at the Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences, New Delhi. He researches on different dimensions of social inequalities – old and new – and the processes of their reproduction. Empirical focus of his work has been the dynamics of caste and the varied modes of its articulation with the nature of social and economic change in “neo-liberal” India; studies of agrarian social change and contemporary rural India; and the political sociology community identities. His publications include Interrogating India’s Modernity (ed. OUP 2013); Caste: Oxford India Short Introductions (OUP 2012); Village Society (ed. Orient Blackswan 2012); Community and Identities: Contemporary Discourses on Culture and Politics in India (ed. Sage 2001). He is editor of the Routledge India book series on ‘Religion and Citizenship. He is among the first recipients of the ICSSR-Amartya Sen Award for Distinguished Social Scientists, for the year 2012.

Recent publications:

  • Jodhka, Surinder S. 2023. The Indian Village: Rural Lives in the 21st Century. 1st ed. Delhi: Aleph Book Company.
  • Jodhka, Surinder S. 2022. Chathi: Study of Caste. Chennai: ‎Kalachuvadu Publications, Tamil translation of the book Caste: Oxford India Short Introduction (2012).
  • Jodhka, Surinder S., ed. 2022. Agrarian Change in India. Hyderabad, Telangana, India: Orient Blackswan Private Limited.
  • Jodhka, Surinder S. “The Dalit Truth reflects on issues faced by the community.” Review of The Dalit Truth: The Battles for Realizing Ambedkar’s Vision. Raju K. ed. The Tribune: June 5.
  • Jodhka, Surinder S. 2022. “Shifting Imaginaries of Sikh Identity” Review of Sikh Nationalism: From a Dominant Minority to an Ethno-Religious Diaspora by Gurharpal Singh and Giorgio Shani, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2022. Economic and Political Weekly, 57 (41): 25-26. October 08.
  • Jodhka, Surinder S. 2022. Review of Nobody’s People: Hierarchy as Hope in a Society of Thieves by Anastasia Piliavsky. Stanford University Press 2020. Published by Rutgers: Criminal Law and Criminal Justice Books. September 2022.

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