Mr. Devi Prasad, Doctoral Fellow at the Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad has won the Indian Sociological Society’s M. N Srinivas award for his paper titled “Caste Identity and Community Feast among Yadavs: An interpretation”. This paper was published in an edited book “Caste and Gender in Contemporary India: Power, Privilege and Politics” (Edited by Supurna Banerjee & Nandini Ghosh) by Routledge publication.
Mr. Devi Prasad is carrying out his research under the supervision of Prof. Pushpesh Kumar and Dr. R.Thirunavukkarasu is his co-supervisor. The title of his thesis is “Caste, Ritual, and Politics among Yadav Community of Eastern Uttar Pradesh”.
About the Prize
This prestigious “Prof. M.N. Srinivas Memorial Prize” is given to faculty/researchers in Sociology, who are under the age of 40 and have published original work in a reputed journal.
About Prof. M.N. Srinivas
Mysore Narasimhachar Srinivas (1916–1999) was a sociologist and is mostly known for his work on caste and caste systems, social stratification, Sanskritisation and Westernisation in southern India and the concept of ‘Dominant Caste’. He earned his doctorate in sociology from the University of Bombay and went on to the University of Oxford for further studies. M N Srinivas had written a book on family and marriage and later completed his PhD at University of Bombay, before going to the University of Oxford for further studies. He served in various institutions of repute like University of Delhi, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda, Institute for Social and Economic Change, Bangalore and National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bangalore.
Prof. M N Srinivas received many honours from the University of Bombay, the Royal Anthropological Institute, and the Government of France. He has also received the Padma Bhushan from the President of India; and was the honorary foreign member of two prestigious academies: the British Academy and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.