Critique and Reconstruction

From the outset, the goal of liberating women had two aspects. First, feminists sought to identify the various forms of oppression that structured women's lives, and second, they imagined and sought to create an alternative future without oppression. What soon became apparent, however, was that oppression is not always easy to name. In fact, because oppression affects the very way one thinks about oneself and one's world, it is often quite difficult to even see, much less name. Oppression makes...

The Dalit theology of India

The 1970s also saw the emergence of this theology from among the Christian Dalits, that is, those broken, downtrodden, destroyed by the nefarious system of discrimination between the so-called high, low, and scheduled castes in India. Their weak self-identity as untouchables and outcastes is derived from centuries of cruel segregation religiously sanctioned by the Hindu canon law dharmasastra . Today all the backward castes the current euphemism for so-called low castes and outcastes , tribal...