Author: Felix Wilfred
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8172148240
Utopia is not an unreal figment of imagination, or a chimera we chase in futility. It is the projection of another real order of things, a different set of values, and a new shape of the world and society. The suppressed identities, women, minorities, Dalits and tribals and all those who are marginalized in any way, project their utopias. Utopia leaps out from the shoulder of many struggles to glimpse and experience the new and the different. Critique is indissociable from utopias.
An insatiable greed and callous individualism that neglect the poor and the weak, a concentration of power that refuses to accept democracy and participation, a homogenized order that denies pluralism, difference and minorities, a patriarchal culture that fails in gender justice, a nationalism that disowns the poor, a religious system that legitimizes inequalities, a consumerism that is pursued t the cost of the poor and nature-all these are brought under critical scrutiny in this book. The book wants to be a contribution to keep alive the utopias of the victims and their struggles.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART I: UNDERSTANDING OUR SOCIETIES
Struggles of Suppressed Identities
Minorities in the Age of Globalization Search for New Trajectories
Defining the Nation and Interpreting History
Rethinking Nationalism with the Poor
PART II: APPROACHES TO RELIGION
Subaltern Religious Experience
Religions and Martyrdom Today
Models of Religion in a Global World
PART III: CHRISTIAN ENGAGEMENT
Facing the Challenges to Secularism
Minority rights and Minority Obligations Some Theological Reflections
Higher Education and Christian Identity
Consumerism in a Society of Negations the Anatomy of a Phenomenon and its Ethical Implications
What is Wrong with Rice-Christians?
Well-being as Salvation-A Subaltern Perspective