Andre Beteille

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Andre Beteille

The well-known Sociologist Dr. Andre Beteille receives the Padma Bhushan award from the President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in New Delhi on March 28, 2005.jpg
Beteille (left) receives the Padma Bhushan from the President of India A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, c. 2005.
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Calcutta
InfluencesG. S. Ghurye
Academic work

Andre Beteille, is an Indian sociologist, writer and academician. He is known for his studies of the caste system in South India.[1] He has served with educational institutions in India such as Delhi School of Economics, North Eastern Hill University (in Shillong), and Ashoka University.

Early life and education[edit]

He received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in anthropology from the University of Calcutta.[2] Thereafter he received his doctorate from the University of Delhi. After a brief stint at the Indian Statistical Institute as a research fellow, he joined the faculty of sociology at the DSE.[3]


He has taught at distinguished universities including Oxford University, Cambridge University, the University of Chicago, and the London School of Economics. He has also served as the Chairman of the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta and of the Indian Council of Social Science Research.[3]

He was a Professor of Sociology at the Delhi School of Economics at the University of Delhi where, since 2003, he remains Professor Emeritus of Sociology.[4] He was appointed National Research Professor by the Government of India in 2007.[5]

Presently, he is the Chancellor of North Eastern Hill University, Shillong, Meghalaya [6] and prior to that he served as the Chancellor of Ashoka University.[7][8][9]

Awards and recognition[edit]

He is a recipient of the third highest civilian honour of India, the Padma Bhushan, and was also made a Fellow of the British Academy (FBA).[10] He also served on the Social Sciences jury for the Infosys Prize in 2010.


  • Sociology: Essays on Approach and Method, Oxford University Press, 2002.
  • Antinomies of Society: Essays on Ideologies and Institutions, Oxford University Press, 2000.
  • Chronicles of Our Time, Penguin Books, 2000.
  • The Backward Classes in Contemporary India, Oxford University Press, 1992.
  • Social and Cultural Reproduction of Caste, Kinship and Occupation in India, 1991.
  • Society and Politics in India: Essays in a Comparative Perspective, Athlone Press, 1991 (L.S.E. Monographs in Social Anthropology, no. 63).
  • The Idea of Natural Inequality and Other Essays, Oxford University Press, 1983 (new, enlarged edition, Oxford University Press, 1987).
  • Inequality Among Men, Basil Blackwell, 1977 (Italian edition published as La diseguaglianza fra gli uomini, Il Mulino, 1981).
  • Studies in Agrarian Social Structure, Oxford University Press, 1974.
  • Six Essays in Comparative Sociology, Oxford University Press, 1974 (enlarged edition published as Essays in Comparative Sociology, Oxford University Press, 1987).
  • Inequality and Social Change, Oxford University Press, 1972.
  • Castes: Old and New, Essays in Social Structure and Social Stratification, Asia Publishing House, 1969.
  • Caste, Class and Power: Changing Patterns of Stratification in a Tanjore Village, University of California Press, 1965.


  • Secularism Re-examined[11]
  • Race & Caste[12]
  • Teaching & Research[13]
  • Teaching and Research, Andre Beteille[14]
  • Government & NGOs[15]


  1. ^ "André Beteille". Retrieved 6 June 2021.
  2. ^ Krishna, Nakul (23 November 2012). "Sunlight On The Garden | André Béteille". mint. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Young India Fellowship | Postgraduate Diploma Programme in Liberal Studies". Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  4. ^ "DU". Archived from the original on 16 January 2014. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  5. ^ Bipan Chandra and Andre Beteille Appointed as National Research Professors
  6. ^ "Administrative Officials". NEHU Shillong. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  7. ^ "Chancellor". Ashoka University. Retrieved 14 January 2014.
  8. ^ "Ashoka and After: The Universities We Believe In". The Wire. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  9. ^ Puri, Anjali (27 December 2014). "I haven't lost faith in democracy. It is here to stay...: Andre Beteille". Business Standard India. Retrieved 15 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 October 2015. Retrieved July 21, 2015.
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