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Welcome to Department of Sociology

Ours is one of the oldest Sociology departments in the country. It was started with Iravati Karve teaching Sociology and Anthropology in 1939 at the Deccan College Post-graduate and Research Institute. The Department got integrated with the University of Pune, when the University came into existence in 1948-49. In 1973, the Department shifted from the Deccan College to the University Campus. In the year 1977, the departments of Anthropology and Sociology were bifurcated.

Over the years the Department has evolved to define Sociology in different ways keeping in tune with the reg
ional, national and international developments. Irawati Karve introduced research activities in the fields of ethnography and physical anthropology, as well as a perspective, which blend the indological approach with the fieldwork tradition of social and cultural anthropology. From the fifties onwards, with the joining of I.P. Desai and Y. B. Damle, new concerns and methodologies were addressed, especially structural functionalism; Damle was a proponent of an indigenous version of it. Along with examining the complexities of social structure there was an academic shift towards social dynamics. In 1979, with D. N. Dhanagare joining the Department, the teaching and research of protest movements, agrarian change and Marxian methodology was introduced. While R.N. Kulhalli introduced the teaching of Sociology of Religion, U.B.Bhoite developed interest in Political Sociology and A. Ramanamma promoted research in Industrial Sociology, Medical Sociology and Women's Studies.



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