Sharit K. Bhowmik

Status of Urban Studies

Urban sociology has had a very long tradition in India. In fact, it is the oldest sub-discipline of sociology in India. This may sound surprising since it is a know fact that most sociologists in the earlier phase have studied rural society. However, one should also know that the first sociology department in the country—at the Bombay University1—started as a centre for urban studies in 1919. Besides being the first university department to teach sociology, it was also the first post-graduate department of the University. Incidentally, the University of Mumbai, along with its sister universities of Kolkata and Madras, celebrated its sesquicentennial year (150th anniversary) in 2007 ...

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