Dalits in Modern India: Vision and Values

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S. M. Michael, Sebastian Maria Michael
SAGE, May 8, 2007 - Business & Economics - 369 pages
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This second, revised and enlarged edition looks back at the aspirations and struggle of the marginalised Dalit masses and looks forward to a new humanity based on equality, social justice and human dignity. Within the context of Dalit emancipation, it explores the social, economic and cultural content of Dalit transformation in modern India. These articles, by some of the foremost researchers in the field, are presented in four parts: Part I deals with the historical material on the origin and development of untouchability in Indian civilisation. Part II contests mainstream explanations and shows that the Dalit vision of Indian society is different from that of the upper castes. Part III offers a critique of the Sanskritic perspective of traditional Indian society, and fieldwork-based portraits of the Hinduisation of Adivasis in Gujarat, Dalit patriarchy in Maharashtra and Dalit power politics in Uttar Pradesh. Part IV concentrates on the economic condition of the Dalits.

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Untouchability and Stratification in Indian Civilisation
Who is a Dalit?
Part II
Dalit Vision of a Just Society in India
Ambedkar Buddhism and the Concept of Religion
The Dalit Movement in Mainstream Sociology
South Gujarat
A Study of Mahar Women
Whose Party is It?
Ambedkars Interpretation of the Caste System
Reservation Policy and the Empowerment of Dalits
Scheduled Castes Employment and Social Mobility
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S M Michael is Reader at the Department of Sociology, University of Mumbai, and Honorary Director, Institute of Indian Culture, Mumbai. He is a member of the visiting faculty at the Anthropos Institute, Bonn, and Magdeburg University, both in Germany. Dr Michael is a consultant to the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for Inter- Religious Dialogue as well as Chairman of the Bombay Archdiocesan Commission for Inter-Religious Dialogue.

His published work includes The Cultural Context of Evangelization in India (1980), Anthropology as a Historical Science: Essays in Honour of Stephen Fuchs (co-edited, 1984), Culture & Urbanization (1989), Anthropology of Conversion in India (1998), Culture and Nationalism: Clarifying the Cultural Reality of India (co-edited with Leela D’Souza and Rowena Robinson, 2000), Globalization and Social Movements: Struggle for a Humane Society (co-edited, 2003), Communal Harmony, Secularism and Nation Building (2005), and about 60 articles in national and international journals.