Ghurye, Govind Sadashiv (1893–1983)

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Carol Upadhya


The International Encyclopedia of Anthropology, JohnWiley & Sons, Ltd (2018)



Govind Sadashiv Ghurye, the “father of Indian sociology,” shaped a distinctively Indian brand of sociology marked by a cultural–historical and anthropological approach. As head of the Department of Sociology at Bombay University from 1924 to 1959, where he trained many prominent sociologists of the next generation, as the founder of the Indian Sociological Society, and as the editor of the Sociological Bulletin, he played a key role in the institutionalization and professionalization of the discipline in India.