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B. R. Ambedkar and social transformation, revisiting the philosophy and reclaiming social justice, edited by Jagannatham Begari

"This book revisits the philosophy of B.R Ambedkar in the context of the present socio-economic-political realities of India. It examines the philosophical and theoretical interventions of Ambedkar, as well as his egalitarian principles of equality, liberty, fraternity and morality. Noting the current shift in state policy from welfarism to neoliberalism, the book argues that the measures, interventions and recommendations that Ambedkar made are highly appropriate and concrete to face challenges and can be considered as practical solutions to existing problems. It studies various themes that form a part of his oeuvre such as Buddhism, federalism, justice, social exclusion, representation, anti-caste system, women's equality, among others. It also discusses his impact on literature, visual arts, and literary, democratic and cultural movements throughout history. The volume positions Ambedkar as a theoretician, social reformer, and a real visionary of social justice and democratization. It will be of great interest to scholars and researchers of social exclusion, politics, especially Indian political thought, sociology, and South Asian studies"--, Provided by publisher
Table Of Contents
Intro -- Half Title -- Title Page -- Copyright Page -- Dedication -- Contents -- Abbreviations -- Figures -- Tables -- Contributors -- Foreword -- Preface and Acknowledgements -- 1. Introduction -- B.R. Ambedkar: his contemporary relevance -- B.R. Ambedkar's understanding of democracy -- Understanding nation and nationality: from the perspective of B.R. Ambedkar -- B.R. Ambedkar, Constitution and Constitutional morality -- Ambedkar and the liberation of women -- Social, economic and political discrimination in contemporary period -- Higher learning educational institutions and the institutional discrimination in modern in India: critical interrogation -- The current scenario and the revisiting Ambedkar -- B.R. Ambedkar and debating philosophical interventions responses -- References -- 2. Ambedkar as a political philosopher -- Central concepts -- Mode of argumentation -- Conclusion -- References -- 3. Ambedkar's autobiography and the emergence of a discourse of dignity -- Autobiographical experience -- Back to the village -- Dignity in the Preamble -- The Constituent Assembly Debates -- B.N. Rau intervenes -- One word, two opposite meanings -- Dignity as distinction -- Doubling dignity -- The dignity of philosophers -- Testing philosophy through temple entry -- From philosophy into law -- Castes of mind -- Autobiographical experience, again -- Not bread but honour -- Note -- References -- 4. Ambedkar's democracy and state socialism -- Ambedkar's morality -- Ambedkar's democracy -- Ambedkar's state socialism -- References -- 5. Vagabond Dalit: social obligation and quest for freedom -- Individual freedom or social equality: a conceptual entry -- Prioritizing social equality -- The JNU case -- The Brahmanical gazes -- The emergence of the political Dalit -- The vagabond Dalit-self -- Freedom versus responsibility
Literary Form
non fiction
Physical Description
1 online resource (271 pages)
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