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Author Roberts, Nathaniel, 1970- author
Title To be cared for : the power of conversion and foreignness of belonging in an Indian slum / Nathaniel Roberts
Imprint Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2016]
book jacket
 Ethnology Library  BX8762.A45 I47 2016    AVAILABLE    30520020820982
Descript xv, 286 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
text rdacontent
unmediated rdamedia
volume rdacarrier
Series The Anthropology of Christianity ; 20
Anthropology of Christianity ; 20
Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 265-277) and index
Outsiders -- Caste, care, and the human -- Sharing, caring, and supernatural attack -- Religion, conversion, and the national frame -- The logic of slum religion -- Pastoral power and the miracles of Christ -- Salvation, knowledge, and suffering
"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
Subject Pentecostal churches -- India -- Chennai
Pentecostalism -- India -- Chennai -- History
Dalit women -- Religious life -- India -- Chennai
Pentecostal women -- Religious life -- India -- Chennai
Slums -- India -- Chennai
Christianity and other religions -- Hinduism
Hinduism -- Relations -- Christianity
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