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Dalitský a bahudžanský digitální aktivismus v Indii : Případová studie proti-kastovního diskurzu na platformě RTI

Title in English Dalit and Bahujan digital activism in India : A case study of anti-caste discourse on the RTI platform


Year of publication 2023
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
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Faculty of Arts

Description The rise of social media in the 21st century has greatly impacted marginalised communities and social movements that fight discrimination. Access to digital technologies has opened up a new avenue for many to connect and spread ideas that overcome not only geographical, but also social and cultural barriers between different communities in society. In my paper, I focus on the use of digital technologies by activists from specific Dalit and Bahujan communities in India to analyse the role of religion and Buddhism in their anti-caste discourse. The research presented here contributes to understanding the roles of religious and secular motives in the socio-political mobilization of marginalized communities with overlapping implications for perceptions of modernity and issues of post-colonialism. Through computational text analysis via semantic network analysis of word cooccurrence and topic modelling on a corpus of blogs from the Round Table India platform, I highlight the potential transformations of the discourse of self-identification based on Dalitism and the interconnectedness of political and socio-religious aspects of Ambedkarite Buddhism.
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