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South Asian Activists in the Global Justice Movement$
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Eva-Maria Hardtmann

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780199466276

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199466276.001.0001

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Dalits and Burakumin

Dalits and Burakumin

Knowledge Production in the Early Protest Movements

(p.73) Chapter Four Dalits and Burakumin
South Asian Activists in the Global Justice Movement

Eva-Maria Hardtmann

Oxford University Press

Chapter 4 is occupied with the knowledge production within the Dalit movement in India and the Burakumin movement in Japan. It presents a historical overview of these protest movements during the 20th century. The Dalit movement among the so-called Untouchables is a protest movement against caste discrimination; and the Burakumin, the largest minority in Japan, have also experienced discrimination similar to caste discrimination. These traditions of protests differ in some important aspects from those found among Latin American, European, and American activists in the GJM and the Occupy Movement. This chapter thus provides a historical context to understanding the involvement of Dalit activists and Burakumin activists in the GJM and the World Social Forum process during the 2000s. Moreover, it provides a historical context to understanding their day-to-day work in between the large World Social Forums.

Keywords:   Dalit, Burakumin, Buddhism, Marxism, Ambedkarism, kyudan (denunciation), Suiheisha, caste discrimination, counterpublic, anarchism, Untouchables

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