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World Literature for the Wretched of the EarthAnticolonial Aesthetics, Postcolonial Politics$
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J. Daniel Elam

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780823289790

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823289790.001.0001

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B. R. Ambedkar’s Sciences

B. R. Ambedkar’s Sciences

(p.44) 2 B. R. Ambedkar’s Sciences
World Literature for the Wretched of the Earth

J. Daniel Elam

Fordham University Press

This chapter examines the work of Dalit activist and thinker B. R. Ambedkar. It argues that a proper understanding of Ambedkar’s repudiation of caste must come from a more rigorous understanding of the particularity of Ambedkar’s academic training, which included not only sociology and law, but philological and orientalist training as well. Consequently, it argues for “sociophilia” and contagion as the key to understanding Ambedkar’s annihilation of caste.

Keywords:   B. R. Ambedkar, Henri Bergson, caste, contagion, Dalit, John Dewey, orientalism, philology, sociology, vitalism

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