A. M. (Arvind Manilal) Shah

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Professor Arvind M. Shah retired from his professorship in the Department of Sociology at the University of Delhi in 1996. He had been a student of M. N. Srinivas in 1952 and became a teacher in sociology at Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda, in 1958. He moved to the University of Delhi in 1961.[1]

According to Hetukar Jha, Shah wrote the first paper on the sociological history of India.[2] He was a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement award from the Indian Sociological Society (ISS) in 2009.[3] He had held the office of ISS President in 1992-93 and had been secretary, sometimes jointly, from 1967 to 1972.[4]


Among Shah's publications, his The Household Dimension of the Family in India (1973) is regarded as a landmark study and in 2014 was re-issued in a single volume titled The Writings of A. M. Shah: The Household and Family in India, which included some of his later writings on the subject - The Family in India: Critical Essays (1998) and Essays on the Family and the Elderly.[5]

Awards and honours[edit]

A festschrift in Shah's honour was published in 2010, entitled Understanding Indian Society: Past and Present (Essays for A M Shah).[6]


  1. Shah, Arvind M. (2014). "Foreword". The Writings of A. M. Shah The Household and Family in India. Orient Longman. ISBN 978-8-12505-340-8.
  2. "A look at India with a sociological approach". The Telegraph. 12 December 2015. Retrieved 25 April 2017.
  3. "About Indian Sociological Society". Indian Sociological Society. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  4. "Office Bearers Over The Years" (PDF). Indian Sociological Society. Retrieved 24 April 2017.[permanent dead link]
  5. "The Writings of A.M. Shah: The Household and Family in India". Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  6. Swaminathan, Padmini (June 2011). "Book Review". Journal of Social and Economic Development. 13 (2).
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