Govind Sadashiv Ghurye on the aspect of cultural diffusionism in Indian sociology
Govind Sadashiv Ghurye popularly known as G.S.Ghurye is a towering figure in intellectual and academic circles for his unique contribution in the field of Indian sociology. He has often been acclaimed as the ‘father of Indian sociology’, ‘the doyen of Indian sociologists’ or ‘the symbol of sociological creativeness’. Ghurye had been engaged in building up, almost single handedly, the entire first generation of Indian sociologists in post-independence period. He was initially influenced by the reality of diffusionist approach of British social anthropology. During his stay at Cambridge, the influence of W.H.R.Rivers had a great impact on Ghurye. Due to his connection with Rivers, diffusionism is usually identified as Ghurye’s major theoretical orientation. This paper would exemplify the diifusionist theory of culture as put forward by G.S.Ghurye in some of his articles.