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Religion and Dalit Liberation: An Examination of Perspectives

John C B Webster (Author)
Synopsis This book has a double focus: the religious strategies which Dalits have adopted to free themselves from religiously imposed, religiously sanctioned degradation and the perspectives from which this subject has been studied. It includes not only data from historical and field research but also an examination of some of the theoretical issues which have influenced thinking about that data. It begins with a description first of Dalit religion at the end of the nineteenth century and then of some of the subsequent movements of religious change among Dalits. It presents next the view of religion developed by Dr. Ambedkar, the chief theoretician on the subject, and shows how that view was reflected in his analyses of Hindu, Christian and Buddhist religion. A chapter on 'Dalit Theology and Dr. Ambedkar's describes how his influence has extended beyond Hinduism and Buddhism to Christianity. That chapter is followed by a survey of field research on Dalit religion over the past half century conducted by anthropologists and other social scientists. The concluding statement on what religion has to contribute to Dalit liberation builds upon the theoretical foundation laid by Dr. Ambedkar by re examining four concepts which have been central to the study of this entire question: religion, conversion, identity and liberation.
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About the author

John C B Webster

John C.B. Webster studied at Union Theological Seminary in New York (M. Div.), Lucknow University (M.A.) and the University of Pennsylvania (Ph.D). He taught history at Baring Union Christian College and Guru Nanak Dev University in Punjab as well as at United Theological College, Bangalore. This is his fourth book on the Dalits.

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Bibliographic information

Title Religion and Dalit Liberation: An Examination of Perspectives
Format Hardcover
Date published: 01.01.2002
Edition 2nd ed.
Language: English
isbn 8173043272
length 159p., Bibliography; Index; 22cm.