Atheism and Unbelief among Indian Scientists: Towards an Anthropology of Atheism(s)

  title={Atheism and Unbelief among Indian Scientists: Towards an Anthropology of Atheism(s)},
  author={Renny Thomas},
  journal={Society and Culture in South Asia},
  pages={45 - 67}
  • Renny Thomas
  • Published 1 January 2017
  • Sociology
  • Society and Culture in South Asia
Abstract Taking into account the specific contexts and cultural specificities lends different meanings to categories like ‘atheists’, ‘agnostics’ and ‘materialists’, this ethnographic discussion of scientists shows the limitations of Western atheism to capture the everyday life of Indian scientists. The article argues that Indian atheism(s) need not be, nor is it actually, identical with the brands of Western atheism. By trusting ethnographic data, we see that atheistic scientists called… 

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