To be cared for : the power of conversion and foreignness of belonging in an Indian slum

Level A JKC289.94 /524617 Available
Level A JKC289.94 /524617 Available
Level A JKC289.94 /524617 Available
Full title: To be cared for : the power of conversion and foreignness of belonging in an Indian slum / Nathaniel Roberts.
Main author: Roberts, Nathaniel, 1970- (Author)
Format: Book           


Summary: "To Be Cared For offers a unique window into the conceptual and moral world of slum-bound Dalits ("untouchables") in the South Indian city of Chennai. The book focuses 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, Roberts argues, conversion to Christianity serves to integrate the slum community--Christians and Hindus alike--by addressing hidden moral fault lines in the slum that subtly pit women against one another. Christians and Hindus in the slum are not opposed; they are united in a struggle to survive in a national context that renders Dalits outsiders in their own homes."--Provided by publisher.
Language: English
Published: Oakland, California : University of California Press, 2016
Classmark: JKC289.94 /524617
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Series: Anthropology of Christianity ; 20.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-277) and index.
ISBN: 9780520288829
9780520288812
0520288815
0520288823