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Surinder Jodhka

Dr. Surinder Jodhka

Faculty Associate
Jawaharlal Nehru University

Research and Graduate Studies

Off-campus location

Phone: +91-11- 26704429

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Surinder S. Jodhka is Professor of Sociology at Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He has taught at University of Hyderabad and Panjab University. The focus of his research and writing has been the dynamics of caste; agrarian social change in rural India; and the political sociology of community identities. In 2012 he was honoured with the ICSSR-Amartya Sen Award for Distinguished Social Scientists. 

Research Interests

  • Social Inequality; Caste in Contemporary Times;
  • Rural Society and Agrarian Change;
  • Development Studies;
  • Political Sociology of Identities


Surinder S. Jodhka and Jules Naudet eds. Oxford Handbook of Caste in the Modern World. Delhi: Oxford University Press. Forthcoming.

Surinder S. Jodhka and Edward Simpson. India’s Villages in the 21st Century: Revisits and Revisions. Delhi: Oxford University Press. 2019

Surinder S. Jodhka and Jules Naudet eds. Mapping the Elite: Power, Priviledge and Inequality. Delhi: Oxford University Press 2019.

Gurpreet Mahajan, Surinder S. Jodhka, Ila Patnaik. Reading India: Selections from Economic and Political Weekly. Volume 2 1966-1991. Hyderabad: Oriet Blackswan. 2019.

Surinder S. Jodhka ed. A Handbook of Rural India. Hyderabad, Orient Blackswan. 2018.

Surinder S. Jodhka Caste in Contemporary India. (2nd edition) London and New Delhi: Routledge (first published 2015). 2018.

Surinder S. Jodhka and James Manor eds. Contested Hierarchies, Persisting Influence: Caste and Power in 21st Century India. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan. 2018. 

Surinder S. Jodhka, Boike Rehbein and Jesse Souza. Inequality in Capitalist Societies. London and New York: Routledge. 2017.

Surinder S. Jodhka and Aseem Prakash The Indian Middle Class. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. 2016  

Surinder S. Jodhkaed. Interrogating India’s Modernity: Democracy Identity and Citizenship. New Delhi: Oxford University Press 2013.

Surjit Singh and Surinder S. Jodhka, eds. Culture and Economic Transformation: Perspectives from India and China. New Delhi: Indian Council of Social Science Research and Rawat Publications. 2013  

Surinder S. Jodhka. Caste. Oxford India Short Introductions. New Delhi: Oxford University Press. 2012

Surinder S. Jodhka ed. Village Society. Ed. Hyderabad: Orient Blackswan. 2012

Surinder S. Jodhka ed. Changing Caste: Mobility, Ideology and Identity. New Delhi: Sage Publications. 2012.

Gurpreet Mahajan and Surinder S. Jodhka eds. Religions, Communities, Development: Changing Contours of Policy and Politics in Contemporary India New Delhi: Routledge. 2010          

Mary E. John, Praveen Jha and Surinder S. Jodhka eds. Contested Transformations: Changing Economies and Identities in Contemporary India. New Delhi: Tulika Press. 2006

Surinder S. Jodhka ed. Community and Identities: Contemporary Discourses on Culture and Politics in India New Delhi: Sage Publications 2001.

Surinder S. Jodhka Debt, Dependence and Agrarian Change. Jaipur: Rawat Publishing House, 1995.

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