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Justpeace Prospects for Peace-building and Worldview Tolerance: A South Asian Movement’s Social Construction of Justice

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dc.contributor.author Rinker, Jeremy A.
dc.creator Rinker, Jeremy A.
dc.date 2009-04-10
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-02T16:30:25Z
dc.date.available NO_RESTRICTION en
dc.date.available 2009-07-02T16:30:25Z
dc.date.issued 2009-07-02T16:30:25Z
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/1920/4556
dc.description.abstract This dissertation is an attempt to understand the meta-narratives of justice operating within the Trailokya Bauddha Mahasangha, Sahayak Gana (TBMSG), a dalit Buddhist social movement active in Maharashtra, India. The movement, a vestige of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar’s 1956 conversion to Buddhism, is actively fighting for dalits rights by exposing atrocities and rights abuses against dalits, as well as, advocating an identity for dalits as newly self-aware Buddhists. Such a social action approach has supported both inclusive and exclusive conceptions of social justice, and this dissertation is intended to develop an understanding of the dialectics involved in the various conceptions of social justice within the movement. With the broader aim of explaining how such understanding can inform conflict resolution practitioners engaged in peace-building practice among marginalized populations, this dissertation is based on a social constructionist epistemology. In analyzing the justice/injustice narratives routinely produced by movement activists and leaders, this dissertation takes an action science approach of helping the group make better use of the deployment, limitations, and contradictions of the narratives it weaves. The aim of the present work is to build upon theories that address the nexus between conflict resolution and social justice in developing an epistemological framework for understanding, in theory and use, actors’ normative commitments to justice. By unpacking the social justice commitments of TBMSG members, this dissertation exposes the rationale for understanding how, in practice, narratives are produced and deployed, as well as, constructive of movement members’ conceptions of social change. In short, this dissertation is a peeling away of layers of reality inherent in movement members’ justice/injustice narratives in order to begin to understand the implementation of social justice as an ideal.
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Social Justice en_US
dc.subject Narrative en_US
dc.subject peacebuilding en_US
dc.subject Ambedkar en_US
dc.subject Buddhism en_US
dc.subject Worldview en_US
dc.title Justpeace Prospects for Peace-building and Worldview Tolerance: A South Asian Movement’s Social Construction of Justice en
dc.type Dissertation en
thesis.degree.name Doctor of Philosophy in Conflict Analysis and Resolution en
thesis.degree.level Doctoral en
thesis.degree.discipline Conflict Analysis and Resolution en
thesis.degree.grantor George Mason University en


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