To Be Cared For : The Power of Conversion and Foreignness of Belonging in an Indian Slum, Hardback Book

To Be Cared For : The Power of Conversion and Foreignness of Belonging in an Indian Slum Hardback

Part of the The Anthropology of Christianity series

Description

To Be Cared For offers a unique view into the conceptual and moral world of slum-bound Dalits ("untouchables") in the South Indian city of Chennai.

Focusing on the decision by many women to embrace locally specific forms of Pentecostal Christianity, Nathaniel Roberts challenges dominant anthropological understandings of religion as a matter of culture and identity, as well as Indian nationalist narratives of Christianity as a "foreign" ideology that disrupts local communities.

Far from being a divisive force, conversion integrates the slum community-Christians and Hindus alike-by addressing hidden moral fault lines that subtly pit residents against one another in a national context that renders Dalits outsiders in their own land."

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  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 312 pages, 14 b-w halftones, 1 line art
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Christianity
  • ISBN: 9780520288812

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