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“Educate, Agitate, Organize”: Inequality and Ethics in the Writings of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar

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JournalJournal of Business Ethics
DateAccepted/In press - 6 Feb 2021
DateE-pub ahead of print (current) - 25 Feb 2021
Early online date25/02/21
Original languageEnglish


Scholars of business and management studies have recently turned their attention to inequality, a key issue for business ethics given the role of private firms in transmitting—and potentially challenging—inequalities. However, this research is yet to examine inequality from a subaltern perspective. In this paper, we discuss the alleviation of inequalities in organizational and institutional contexts by drawing on the ideas of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, a jurist, political leader and economist, and one of the unsung social theorists of the twentieth century. Specifically, we focus on Ambedkar’s critique of the Indian caste system, his outline of comprehensive reform, and prescription of representational politics to achieve equality. We contend that an Ambedkarite ethical manifesto of persuasion—focused on state-led institutional reforms driven by the subaltern—can help management researchers reimagine issues of inequality and extend business ethics beyond organizational boundaries.

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