Being a Minority in India: Issues and Challenges

Being a Minority in India: Issues and Challenges

About the Book: The volume provides an important account of lives of different ethnic and minority groups in India by bringing together knowledge and expertise of established and emerging scholar working in the subject area. In common parlance, the expression “minority” means a group comprising less than half of the population and differing from others, especially the predominant section, in terms of race, religion, traditions and culture, language, etc. Sociologically, however, the concept of minority group refers to more than merely a numerical distinction. It refers to a groups’ subordinate position within society rather than its numerical connotation. The book helps to understand how the minority groups in India are always victims of marginalization and exclusion from the broader political and social framework. It makes an important contribution towards our understanding of ‘minority’ by addressing those minority groups which have been ignored by academia to a large extent like sexual minorities, women of colour, and the aged. 

Editors: Arvinder A. Ansari is currently working as Associate Professor, Department of Sociology, Jamia Millia Islamia, New Delhi. In a distinguished academic career of more than eighteen years in Jamia Millia Islamia, She has taught postgraduate and under graduate students and supervised many PhD students. She has many research projects and publications to her credit. Her areas of specialization are- Sociology of Gender, Feminist Theory, Sociology of Ethnicity and Minorities, Cultural Studies and Identity, Sociology of Violence. She has successfully completed many minor and major research projects. She has presented papers and participated in many International and National Conferences. Recent publication Includes “Permanent Victim of Violence: A Sociological Study of Women Victims of Communal Violence” in South African Review of Sociology 2009 (40), Communalization of Indian Society, Aakar Publications, Delhi, Inter-Religion Marriages in Indian Society: Issues and Challenge. LG Publishers, Delhi, Understanding Gender, Water and Development: A critical Appraisal in Globalization and Environment. Rawat Publications, Jaipur.


Imtiaz A Ansari is a Visiting Faculty (Sociology) at the Amity Institute of Social Science (AISS), Amity University, Noida. He did his M. A. in Sociology from Aligarh Muslim University. He received his Ph. D. in Sociology from Jamia Millia Islamia in 2013. His areas of interests are minority studies, social stratification and mobility studies, urban sociology and sociology of religion.

He has participated and presented papers in many national and international seminars and conferences. He regularly contributes to Mainstream, a leading current affairs weekly, published from New Delhi. He is also the co-convener of Adhoc Group-3 (Ethnicity and Minority Studies) of Indian Sociological Society.


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Publisher: AlterNotes Press  (2016)

Language: English

ISBN-978-81-933128-1-0

(Paperback) xviii + 254

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