The Modernity of Tradition (Paperback)

Political Development in India

By Lloyd I. Rudolph, Susanne Hoeber Rudolph

University of Chicago Press, 9780226731377, 316pp.

Publication Date: July 15, 1984

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Description

Stressing the variations in meaning of modernity and tradition, this work shows how in India traditional structures and norms have been adapted or transformed to serve the needs of a modernizing society. The persistence of traditional features within modernity, it suggests, answers a need of the human condition.

Three areas of Indian life are analyzed: social stratification, charismatic leadership, and law. The authors question whether objective historical conditions, such as advanced industrialization, urbanization, or literacy, are requisites for political modernization.


About the Author

Lloyd I. Rudolph is professor emeritus of political science at the University of Chicago and coauthor with Susanne Hoeber Rudolph of several books, including, most recently, In Pursuit of Lakshmi, also published by the University of Chicago Press.

Susanne Hoeber Rudolph is the William Benton Distinguished Service Professor Emerita at the University of Chicago and coauthor with Lloyd I. Rudolph of several books, including, most recently, In Pursuit of Lakshmi, also published by the University of Chicago Press.