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The Modernity of Tradition: Political Development in India
by Lloyd I. Rudolph and Susanne Hoeber Rudolph
University of Chicago Press, 1984
Paper: 978-0-226-73137-7

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ABOUT THIS BOOK
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.

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