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Hindu Social Organization

Hindu Social Organization
A Study of the Socio-Psychological and Ideological Foundations

Fourth Edition
  • Pandharinath H. Prabhu - Late of first Director of School of Psychology, Education and Philosophy, Gujarat University

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History | Sociology

July 2016 | 272 pages | SAGE Texts

This comprehensive, systematic and integrated exposition of Hindu social psychology and institutions provides a vivid understanding of the difficult subject. The author has shown with remarkable clarity and lucidity how Hindu civilization has influenced society to form a distinct cultural pattern of its own. Hindu Social Organization has been received with acclaim by a number of very important social scientists in India as well as in Europe and America. It is not only a pioneering attempt but has remained unsurpassed till date. This edition bears proof of its eminence in retaining the foreword to the first edition of this book written by Dr S. Radhakrishnan. 

Key Features:

· The present study talks about constructing a picture of the Hindu social organization and institutions from the point of view of their socio-psychological foundations and implications.

· It deals with the many topics of education, marriage, family, place of women in Hindu society, the system of caste, with accurate learning and great discrimination.

· The present essay, we shall endeavour to visualize in details the basic conditioning factors that ruled not only the earlier phases of Indian culture and civilization, but have gone so deep into the social psychology of the Hindus that they continue to dominate his life and conduct, in a large measure, even to this day.

· This book gives us definite glimpses of what may be called the ideological and valuation foundations of those social institutions.

· It describe ideas, ideals and aspirations so as to re-set and reconstruct the several strata of the social structure that have been evolving in Hindu life and conduct.

Note: Now this ISBN-9788171542062 has a new identity.
Foreword by Dr S Radhakrishna
Extracts from Preface to the First Edition
Extracts from Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the Third Edition
A Word on the Fourth Edition
The Bases of Human Relations—The Problem of Existence and Its Implications
The Social Psychology of the System of the Four Asramas
The Social Psychology of Education
The Family
Attitude towards the Woman—And Her Place in the Society
The Four Varnas

... To us in the West ... this book is a great boon ... an objective account of the Indian way of life ... solid exposition ... ought to help in bringing about the urgently needed understanding between East and West ... splendid book.

C W Allport,
Harvard University

"... Material which one cannot get elsewhere and which will be most useful in our own work ... a scholarly and erudite examination of the major institutions of Indian society ... should help greatly in correcting persistent misconceptions in the West ..."

David Krech,
University of California

Pandharinath H. Prabhu

Pandharinath H. Prabhu studied at the University of Bombay and later in the Universities of Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Columbia in U.S.A.; in Cambridge University in England; and in the Centre d’Etudes et Recherches Psychotechniques in Paris, France. He taught at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Bombay; at Gujarat University where he was the first Director of its School of Psychology, Education and Philosophy from 1958–67; as Fulbright Visiting Professor at the Pennsylvania State University in 1961–62; and in the State University of New York at Oswego, N.Y. in 1969–71; as Leverhulme Visiting Professor of Psychology at the Australian... More About Author

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